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SHC fines KDA DG for Rs 5000 for not removing encroachment

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Karachi Development Authority director general, Syed Nasir Abbas for disobeying its order regarding the removal of 55 houses built on park’s plot in Gulistan-e-Johar.

Headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar, the SHC bench directed KDA’s DG to deposit Rs 5,000 from his personal account on course of the day with the Nazir of the court asSHC fines KDA DG for Rs 5000 for not removing encroachment he did not comply with its directives and failed to submit a compliance report despite his undertaking.

Earlier on January 25 this year, the director general appeared before the SHC and tendered unconditional apology for not complying with its directives passed in January 2015, assuring that the encroachment will be removed and compliance report in this regard will be furnished by Feb 17.

“Neither the encroachment was removed nor the compliance report was furnished within stipulated time by KDA’s chief despite his assurance and conditional apology; therefore he should deposit Rs 5,000 for breaching his own undertaking,” the judges ordered.

Meanwhile, the court was informed by KDA director general that his department is willing to remove the encroachment from park’s land in Gulistan-e-Johar but needed proper force of police and Rangers to deal with the grabbers and make sure the law and order situation remains in control.

Upon his request, the Rangers director general, DIG concerned and SSP anti-encroachment were directed by the bench to provide full and proper assistance of force during the operation.

It also directed all utility agencies to cut off the connections given to the land grabbers.

While adjourning the petition till April 5, the court directed KDA director general to complete the entire exercise by Mar 31. The DG was also directed to be appearing before it on the next hearing.

It was pertinent to mention here that while hearing the plea of NGO, Maimoona Welfare Trust, the SHC directed the authorities concerned in January 2015 to remove 55 houses built on amenity plot and compensate the innocent people who had bought these houses but the higher judiciaries directives has not been complied with even after the passage of two years.

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