LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday rebuked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Anwar Virk over non-arrest of a visa consultancy firm chief and directed the FIA to issue red warrants for his arrest who was escaped despite having name in the Exit Control List (ECL).

Following court notices, the FIA director general along with other officers appeared before the court of Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi hearing more than 100 petitions moved by victim citizens.

The judge rebuked the DG when he told the court that accused Asim Malik could not be arrested because he had escaped from Pakistan.

The judge remarked that it was inefficiency of FIA that a fraudulent had escaped from the country despite registration of dozens of cases against him and also having name in the ECL. He went to say the FIA and officials of interior ministry were involved in escape of Asim Malik. The judge directed the FIA to issue red warrants for the accused and also seek help from Interpol for his arrest. The court also directed the DG to himself monitor investigation in all the cases against accused.

Also, the LHC was told that the Punjab government distributed laptops among students purely on merit under a development scheme titled “Advancement of Information Technology among students through provision of Laptop Computers”.  This was told in a written reply of higher education special secretary submitted in the court in response to a petition seeking judicial inquiry into corruption in laptop scheme.