LAHORE: The federal government has assigned special powers to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) regarding initiating legal action as well registration of criminal cases against electricity thieves, The Express Tribune has learnt. The move follows Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directions. Section 39 A of Electricity Act has been added in FIA’s schedule of offences, sources in FIA revealed. Anti electricity theft task forces have been constituted at all four FIA zonal offices in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, sources said. After getting new powers, the FIA can directly catch electricity thieves and register cases in respective FIA anti corruption circle police stations.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.
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