SC terms PHC’s verdict null & void

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday declared Peshawar High Court’s verdict to probe BRT Peshawar project, null and void. The verdict of the PHC was challenged by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA).
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal heard the case. At the outset of the hearing, the court asked that when will the project be completed and what was its actual cost?
The counsel of the KP government said the project will be completed by July 31, while the work on the project started in 2018. The design of the project was also changed several times, he continued.
The SC ordered authorities concerned to present details of the project in terms of its cost and completion and set aside the Peshawar High Court verdict that ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe into alleged financial irregularities in the BRT Peshawar project. The hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period by the court after serving notices to the respondents in the case.