Arguments sought on maintainability of petition calling for judicial inquiry into beach tragedy

August 4, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Tuesday the counsel for petitioner to satisfy it with regard to maintainability of petition calling for judicial inquiry into the deaths of picnickers in the SeaView beach drowning tragedy.

The petitioner, Advocate Javed Chattari, moved the court requesting it to initiate legal proceedings against Defence Housing Authority (DHA), city administration, provincial police chief and other relevant authorities for their failure to make safety arrangements and devise contingency plan at Clifton beach that resulted in loss of many lives.

The petitioner said that according to reports 40 picnickers drowned into the sea during Eid holidays at Clifton beach because of the lack of safety arrangements at the beach. He said that provincial authorities imposed ban on bathing and swimming in sea after the beach tragedy which shows negligence on their part, adding that there were no safety arrangements for picnickers at beaches to prevent such incidents.

He requested the court to order judicial inquiry into the beach tragedy and take action against relevant negligent officials. The court was further requested to order relevant authorities to take appropriate safety measures for picnickers by setting up fence at beaches to prevent them from going to restricted sea area.

When the petition came up for the hearing on Monday, a division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah adjourned the hearing of case when counsel for petitioner requested it to allow him some time to forward arguments over the maintainability of petition.

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