SHC fines SDMA chief for failure to appear before court

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday summoned reports from Board of Revenue (BOR) and Sindh disaster management authority on their efforts for rehabilitation of families that were displaced by the 2010 floods.

Two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar imposed fine of Rs25000 on head of Sindh disaster management authority over his failure to appear in court and file a report on rehabilitation of people displaced by 2010 floods despite court directives.

The court once again directed him to appear in court on next hearing along with fine of Rs25000 to be deposited in SHC library fund or else contempt of court proceedings shall be initiated against him.

The petitioner, Flood Relief Camp Committee, which is a representative organization of thousands of flood-affected families, moved the court for rehabilitation of displaced peoples.

Counsel for petitioner submitted that thousands of families that were displaced by 2010 floods were given temporary shelter in Labour Square, Gulshan-e-Maymar where they were given all utilities and their children were getting education in the schools set up by authorities.

He told the judges that provincial government wanted to dispossess them of that temporary accommodation without providing them alternative place. In that regard, he said, Sindh Workers Welfare Board had published advertisement inviting applications for the allotment of flats to industrial workers.

The court was requested to restrain Sindh government from dispossessing of this temporary shelter.

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