KARACHI: Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday expressed anger on the Karachi Commissioner over the abysmal situation of the town’s encroachments, saying that “we’re going to take away the Karachi Commissioner”.
The apex court docket was listening to a case associated to operations in opposition to encroachments in varied elements of the town when it questioned the commissioner’s efficiency.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed was presiding over the listening to on the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Courtroom. The Karachi Commissioner and different senior officers had been current for the court docket listening to.
“You assume we are going to take the deputy commissioner’s report significantly? What kind of a report is that this?” he requested the chief secretary. “It is written in all places that the report is awaited. Chief Secretary sahab take away such officers.”
The authorized counsel for the Kidney Hill Park residents, Barrister Salahuddin, requested the Supreme Courtroom to direct the builder to compensate them for promoting them encroachments.
“Our homes [on the land] have been constructed for the previous 25 years and the maps for them had been permitted by the Sindh authorities,” he mentioned.
To this, the CJP responded: “They are not youngsters. Whereas shopping for homes, one is absolutely conscious [regarding details of the land],” he mentioned.
The apex court docket dismissed the request filed by Kidney Hill Park residents to grant them time earlier than their encroachments are razed to the bottom.
The Karachi Commissioner introduced a report associated to the YMCA Floor in the course of the listening to, saying that every one pending work has been accomplished apart from the set up of lights on the floor.
He additionally introduced a report on Shahrah-e-Faisal and Shahrah-e-Quaideen to the apex court docket. The bench expressed dissatisfaction over the report compiled by the Sindh Constructing Management Authority (SBCA).
Addressing the SBCA consultant, the bench requested: “Are you aware that the SBCA is an agent of the builders? The place are you when such lofty buildings are constructed? If tomorrow somebody reveals you a allow for the development of the Chief Minister’s Home, will you permit to construct that as nicely?”
Referring to the Karachi Commissioner and the SBCA, the bench mentioned these establishments had been “rubber stamp”, including that that they had no thought what number of NAB instances will probably be filed in opposition to them based mostly on the irregularities associated to encroachments.
“If you’re creating so many issues for us, think about the variety of issues you create for the folks,” remarked the chief justice.
He mentioned the Sindh chief minister was directed to submit a report on the town’s encroachments within the apex court docket and in response, “he mentioned all is nicely”.
At this, the chief justice mentioned the apex court docket goes to take away the Karachi Commissioner. “Very sorry to be saying this in entrance of you however have a look at the report we’ve in entrance of us. What can we do?”
The court docket remarked that the particular person operating the SBCA’s operations was making billions. “Probably the most quantity of [illegal] cash is being made within the SBCA’s Sub Registrar Workplace,” mentioned the bench.
The encroachments at Kidney Hill Park
Throughout a listening to held by the Supreme Courtroom final 12 months, the Karachi commissioner had knowledgeable the apex court docket that eviction notices had been despatched to residents of the Farhan Society, which had been constructed on illegally occupied land on the Kidney Hill Park within the metropolis.
Through the heating, Shehri CBE — a residents rights basis— advised the court docket that 24 homes in Farhan Society had been illegally constructed on 4 plots of the Kidney Hill Park.
The court docket had warned authorities that in the event that they fail to evict the residents of the illegally occupied land, then contempt of court docket proceedings will probably be initiated in opposition to them.
The Supreme Courtroom had additionally inquired concerning the progress of the elimination of encroachments from the town’s busy street, the Shahrah-e-Quaideen.