ISLAMABAD - The legal team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is unlikely to file an appeal in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the acquittal of Moonis Elahi by the lower court in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam, TheNation reliably learnt on Saturday. Sources privy to the development has informed that the top bosses of FIA have decided in principle not to file an appeal in the higher court against the decision of District & Session Court, Lahore, and a message in this regard has been conveyed to its legal branch. The prosecution has the right to file an appeal in the higher court against the decision of the lower court within 30 days. FIA is of the view that as all the witnesses, the bank employees, in the case have backtracked their earlier statements, so the evidence against Moonis Elahi was so weak that there was no need to file an appeal against the session courts decision. The FIA officials declined to confirm or reject the information. However independent observers smelled a foul in this decision of FIA. Former director general of FIA and chief investigator in NICL scam, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, earlier in his report submitted before the apex court, had accused FIA Director General Syed Tahseen Anwar Shah and Secretary Interior Khawaja Siddique Akbar of creating hurdles in the investigations of the case. He, in his report, had said that both these senior officers were totally non-cooperative with him despite the direction of the Supreme Court. A senior officer of the FIA legal branch wishing not to be named said the legal wizards of the agency would decide in the next days to come whether or not appeal should be filed before LHC against the decision of the lower court in connection with the acquittal of Moonis Elahi. He said no decision was taken so far at this stage.