PESHAWAR: A division bench of Peshawar High Court on Thursday restrained the Ehtesab Court from hearing references filed against a former Town-III tehsil municipal officer (TMO) in corruption cases. PHC sought reply by April 14.
The bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Younis Taheem passed the order on a writ petition filed by former TMO Noor Daraz Khattak through his counsel Shamail Ahmad Butt.
The petitioner maintained three references had been filed against him, of which the first was on the Jaram land scandal, illegal recruitments in Peshawar Town III and accumulation of unsubstantiated assets. Butt argued under section 42(8) of the K-P Ehtesab Commission Act 2014, the commission could not file more than one reference against an individual at one time.
He requested the bench to declare a hearing on the three references filed against the petitioner at the Ehtesab court. The bench, after hearing the arguments, issued notices to Ehtesab’s deputy prosecutor general Zahid Aman and restrained the Ehtesab court from hearing references.
The same bench restrained the K-P Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs from allotting quotas to unregistered tour operators and sought a reply from the authority.
The bench, comprising of Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Younis Taheem, was hearing a writ petition filed by Qafila Hajj Services. The court was informed the ministry allots around 5,300 seats to prospective pilgrims ever year.
The bench was told the ministry also allotted a quota to such companies that were yet to be registered.
The bench ultimately issued notices to the secretary of Hajj and Religious Affairs and restrained the allotting of the quota.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2016.
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