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LPG review case: FIA taking investigation in wrong direction: SC

11 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has rejected the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)'s report in the LPG review case, remarking that the Agency is taking the investigation in wrong direction due to which nothing has been done except formal paperwork.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court, led by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, took up the case for hearing on Monday. The SC further remarked: "If the FIA does not want to demonstrate seriousness, then it should tell us and we may assign the investigations to some other institution." FIA Director Zahir appeared in the court during the course of hearing. The court inquired: "What action has been taken by you so far in this case?"

Justice Nasirul Mulk inquired: "Have the interviews of members of parliament standing committee been taken?" The director told the court that the FIA is taking action. "We had sent a letter to standing committee but no reply was given. We are also facing difficulties due to non-availability of correct home addresses of members of board of Sui Northern Gas Company."

The court showed annoyance over the delay in the investigations. Justice Gulzar Ahmad remarked: "Investigations are being misled. Nothing has been done in the investigations except completing paper formalities."

Aitzaz Ahsan, advocate, while appearing on the behalf of companies, said he had not appeared earlier due to former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and nor was he giving arguments.

Justice Mulk remarked: "SC rules don't allow second lawyer to appear in appeal plea. Let us decide about maintainability of the review petition first." The court sought arguments from Aitzaz Ahsan on the issue of change of lawyer.The court referred the case to the chief justice for the constitution of larger bench afresh in this case and adjourned the hearing of the case till February 13.

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