IHC suspends allotment of plots to judges


ISLAMABAD:

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday suspended the allotment of plots to judges of the excessive court docket and district courts.

The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) lately allotted plots by means of balloting to the judges of the excessive court docket and district courts, judges of the Supreme Court and bureaucrats.

However, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah suspended the allotment of plots made to judges of the excessive court docket and district courts.

The IHC additionally issued a discover to the Attorney General for Pakistan to look on the subsequent listening to to help the court docket in adjudicating the matter per the legislation.

“All judges of the district judiciary who are likely to hear cases of the affected landowners have been allotted plots at a price lower than the market rate and this is a conflict of interest,” mentioned IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah in a written order concerning the suspension of allotment of plots in sectors F-14 and F-15 of the federal capital.

The court docket additionally barred the FGEHF from evicting the locals from their ancestral land.

The court docket mentioned that surprisingly, judges concerned in corruption, convicted in crimes, fired for misconduct have additionally been allotted the plots.

“Where do these (landowners) go for justice whose lands have been taken?” the order mentioned including that the choose convicted within the Tayyaba torture case and a choose sacked in a faux diploma case had additionally been given plots.

The order additional mentioned that judges who’re beneath statement because of incompetence had been additionally given plots.

The court docket directed the housing secretary to take directions from the federal authorities, the prime minister and the federal cupboard what’s the standards and coverage for sharing the state land amongst sure beneficiaries.

The court docket mentioned that the case needs to be positioned earlier than a bigger bench on September 13 for listening to and the legal professional normal appeared to help the court docket on this regard.

According to the written order of the court docket, the petitioner has taken the place that he was the proprietor of the land in Thala Syedan and Jhangi Syedan villages. When his software was disposed of on February 21, 2014, his and different landowners names had been included within the record of the individuals who had been presupposed to be given plots.

The authority had agreed with the homeowners for the allotment of plots however plots had been by no means allotted. This is a transparent violation of the basic rights enshrined within the structure, this court docket additionally identified in its latest judgment.

The court docket mentioned that the petitioner has taken the plea that circumstances concerning the authority had been being heard or pending within the excessive court docket and district court docket and the authority has created monetary curiosity with each officer of the district judiciary.

“This court cannot even imagine that it is the policy of the federal government that plots were allotted to judges who were fired for corruption, crime and misconduct. Even those who are ineligible or undergoing inquiries may not be eligible to take the plots,” the court docket mentioned.

Meanwhile, IHC has sought a report from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on the standing of 10 slums within the federal capital.

The court docket, whereas listening to a petition of a slum-dweller, additionally issued notices to the Climate Change secretary and Environmental Protection Agency director-general searching for replies by August 25.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2021.

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