IHC reprimands CDA officials for meeting Faisal Sakhi Butt

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Tuesday reprimanded the Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials for their meeting with former chief coordinator of the prime minister on Islamabad affairs Faisal Sakhi Butt and asked them not to play political games with the court.

The IHC bench rejected the plea of CDA officials for an unconditional apology and directed them to submit their replies till July 2.

On June 19, the court, while taking notice of media reports that two officers of the CDA — Director General Planning Ghulam Sarwar Sindhu and Director Municipal Administration Mansoor Ali Khan — ignoring the court orders met Faisal Sakhi Butt and assured him of their loyalty, had issued show-cause notices to them and asked them to appear before the court on June 26.

The IHC bench here on Tuesday observed that despite restraining orders of the court, the two officials met Faisal Sakhi Butt assuring him of their support and they even did not issue a rebuttal of news published in newspapers.

The same IHC bench on May 14, while hearing a land allotment case of Fazal Hussain, had barred Faisal Sakhi Butt, the then chairman of the prime minister’s task force on CDA, from entering into the premises of the CDA. The IHC bench in the same decision had also directed officials of the CDA not to visit the residence of Faisal Sakhi Butt in their official capacity.

Legal counsel of CDA officials Advocate Raja Amir on Tuesday told the court that his clients met Butt in their personal capacity and asked him to stop his involvement in the CDA affairs. The counsel further said that they have also got published a rebuttal regarding their meeting with Butt. The IHC bench, however, expressed its displeasure and said that they met Faisal Sakhi Butt on May 29 and published the rebuttal on June 26 after the court took notice of the situation.

The bench further observed that these CDA officials do not have the guts to getting published a rebuttal till Faisal Sakhi Butt has been removed from the post of chief coordinator. Before that these officials kept meeting Butt and kept assuring him their support giving a message to the court that they would be doing whatever they want to, the IHC bench observed.

The court, while addressing Ghulam Sarwar Sindhu and Mansoor Ali Khan, said that they were on deputation in the CDA and doing politics there. The court will also decide about deputations in the CDA, the IHC bench said.

The court also expressed its anger over the presence of another CDA official, Safdar Saleem, in the court who said that he has been from the CDA Welfare Association. The court directed him to go outside the courtroom and come to the court when asked.

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