IHC issues show-cause notice to CDA official

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday issued a show-cause notice to CDA Director Roads & Market Maintenance Ali Anwar Gopang, after declaring his report regarding additional car-parking at Aabpara unsatisfactory.

The project was undertaken on the orders of Faisal Sakhi Butt.

The same bench, while hearing the compensation case of the affected persons of sectors H-16 and I-17, directed the CDA member finance to submit a detailed report of transactions made by the CDA during last five years.

Justice Siddiqui reserved his judgment in the matter of five CDA officers facing contempt of court charges.

In the car-parking case, the IHC judge examined the report submitted by Ali Anwar Gopang and declared it unsatisfactory. The court, during last hearing in the case, had directed him to submit a report on the project initiated on the orders of Faisal Sakhi Butt. The court, expressing its displeasure, stated that the project costs Rs20.82 million

and “you say that there is no matter like this”. The court, addressing the CDA official, said that he is trying to hide facts by telling lies. “You have formed a pool of four contractors to whom you awarded contracts and received 10% commission,” the court observed.

Legal counsel of Gopang told the court that his client is not trying to hide the facts. The court, while issuing him a show-cause notice, adjourned hearing in the case till September 17.

Regarding compensation to the affected persons of sectors H-16 & I-17, the IHC directed the CDA member finance to submit a complete report of all transactions made by the CDA during last five years.

The member finance told the court that the CDA is going through a financial crunch these days. The court directed him to produce a complete report of not only the transactions but also the amount of money in the account of the civic body.

The IHC judge reserved the verdict in the case of five officials of the CDA who are facing contempt of court charges.

Meanwhile, the IHC registrar issued a notification of nine additional sessions judges in the district courts of Islamabad after IHC Chief Justice Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman approved their appointments.

As per notification, five additional judges have been appointed from the federal capital, one each from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.

The judges include Rakhshanda Shaheen, Sikandar Khan, Raja Khurram Ali Khan, Muhammad Adnan, Abida Sajid, Zeba Chaudhry, Muhammad Jahangir, Rafaqat Ahmad Khan Awan and Raja Asif Mehmood Awan.

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