IHC dissatisfied with CDA action on encroachments

ISLAMABAD: In compliance with the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) here on Tuesday submitted a report of 59 operations conducted against the encroachers in the federal capital. The court expressed its dissatisfaction over that.

On the last date of hearing, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC had directed the CDA to indiscriminately conduct an operation against the encroachers in the federal capital.The IHC judge formed a commission under the chairmanship of IHC assistant registrar resident Muhammad Shafiqur Rehman to verify claims of the CDA.

The IHC judge while hearing the matter observed that the authority could not do away with the court directions by producing pictures while lifting few bricks and removing plastic chairs.

The court further observed that if the commission does not verify the CDA claims, then contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against the CDA officials and also under the criminal procedure code.

The court was hearing the petition of advocate Jehangir Khan Jadoon against encroachments in Islamabad.

With regard to the kiosk that had been previously allotted to Khalid Malik and later it was transferred to some other person’s name. The CDA, on this date of hearing also could not produce the CNIC copy of the new allottee as per directions of the IHC bench. A CDA deputy director of municipal administration Hassan Rizvi told the court that the CNIC copy was not found in the record. The deputy director that allotted the said kiosk has died, he also told the court. Hassan Rizvi told the court that the allottee is the wife of Khalid Malik. The said kiosk was allotted at Shalimar Park F-7/3.

The court expressed its displeasure over the inefficiency of CDA and observed that the removal of encroachment is not the responsibility of the court but of the CDA.The court put off its hearing till November 20.

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