PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has directed the National Accountability Bureau not to pressure the owners of six engineering and construction firms involved in a Peshawar city conservation project for plea bargain, and handle them during any inquiry strictly in accordance with the law.
A bench consisting of Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Shakeel Ahmad disposed of the joint petition filed by the chief executive and managing directors of the six firms after special public prosecutor of NAB, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mohammad Riaz Mohmand assured it that the petitioners would be treated in accordance with law on the subject.
The petitioners, including chief executive of Arch-Tech Engineering and Consultants Limited and five others, had accused the investigation officers of NAB, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, of harassing them to force them for testifying against some high-ups of the archaeology department about irregularities in the Upgradation of Archaeological Complex Gor Khatri, Artisan Village and Conservation of Peshawar Walled City project, commonly known as the Heritage Trail project.
They requested the court to declare the plea bargain demand and arrest threats by the investigation officers illegal.
Disposes of harassment petition
The petitioners also sought orders for the NAB to treat them in accordance with the law and restrain it from ‘unjustified’ call-up notices, harassment, physical torture, and arrest.
The respondents in the petition were the NAB chairman and its KP...
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