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BRT contractors’ writ seeking to make PDA party dismissed

By Our Correspondent
April 25, 2024
Buses are seen parked at a terminal of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). — AFP/File
Buses are seen parked at a terminal of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: The civil miscellaneous application filed by the contractors of Bus Rapid Transit seeking to make Peshawar Development Authority a party in the case was dismissed by the Peshawar High Court on Wednesday.

A division bench of the PHC comprising Justice Shakil Ahmad and Justice Sahibzada Asadullah while hearing the BRT contractors Calsons and Maqbool Associates supplementary petition observed that how an entity could be made party in a case if it did not want so.

The bench remarked that if the petitioners had documents in support of their case should club it with their civil miscellaneous application but the court cannot make the PDA a party in the petition.

The BRT contractors counsel informed the bench that the supplementary petition had been filed to make the PDA party in the case as all the relevant documents issued to the company were with the entity and its stance should be heard as well.

He pleaded that certain matters in this case cannot be settled without hearing the version of PDA, saying that the BRT contractors had challenged the inquiry of the National Accountability Bureau against them.

Upon this, Justice Shakil Ahmad said that whether you could challenge the probe into a case while no action had been taken against you so far.

NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Muhammad Ali told the court that BRT contractors had filed a civil miscellaneous application in a bid to prolong the case seeking probe into the corruption and irregularities.He argued that the contractors had obtained interim relief for the last six months and now they wanted to buy more time.