SC orders FIA to take action on irregularities found in ETPB record 

By: News Desk      Published: 04:43 PM, 16 Nov, 2021
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The Supreme Court has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take an action over the report of auditor general of Pakistan pertaining to the evacuee trust property, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court directed the FIA DG to present an initial report on 7,143 units of the evacuee trust property within a month. The SC also ordered the AGP to carry out an audit of the evacuee property in two months.

The apex court on Tuesday was hearing a case pertaining to the rights of minorities. A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad heard the case in Islamabad. The court has taken a suo motu notice of the case. 

The apex court ordered the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman to ensure the availability of all the record to the auditor general of Pakistan for the purpose of conducting an audit. 

The court also directed the FIA DG to take action to evacuate the illegally occupied evacuee trust properties. 

The Supreme Court also sought details of funds set aside for the affectees of Peshawar church attack.

The Sindh IG Police presented a report on the attack on MNA Ramesh Kumar in Karachi on the direction of the apex court. According to the report, the Sindh police had registered a case on the complaint of Ramesh Kumar.

Mr Kumar’s opponent Sajid Mehmood also appeared before the court. He told the court that Mr Kumar was his neighbour and alleged that the MNA’s guards often harassed the nearby residents. 

The CJP advised both of them to settle their issues amicably as they were neighbours. 

The ETPB lawyer informed the court that the board had submitted details of 48,000 properties on the order of the court.

Minorities Commission Chairman Shoaib Siddle said that the AGP had earlier conduced an audit of the ETPB record on the direction of the court but he was provided less than 50% record and in this meagre record, he still found irregularities in 7,143 units.

The apex court adjourned the case for one month.