SHC notices top officer in illegal plot allotment case

September 10, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday put federal law officer on notice on a petition against allotment of plots to Defence Housing Authority (DHA) employees allegedly in contravention of the laws.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who headed a division bench, directed petitioner to forward his arguments with regard to maintainability of the petition on September 22.

The petitioner, Amenity international, through its president Mahfooz Yar Khan moved the court naming ministry of defence, Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani DHA’s executive board president, Lt Col (Retd) Jamshed Niazi DHA’s land director, Brig. (Retd) Inam Karim DHA secretary, Brig Mohammad Abdullah DHA administrator, Brig (Rtd) Hassan Razi DHA chief engineer and Lt Col (Retd) Rukhsar Ahmed DHA’s Town Planning Housing & building Control director as respondents.

In the petition, Mahfooz submitted that DHA had allotted plots to its top former and current employees in sheer violation of its policies and schemes which it had introduced for allotment of plots and apartments.

As per procedure, service plots are allotted to the employees who stand qualified after having completed required tenure of service but such requirement was totally disregarded he said.

The petitioner cited a case of Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani who, according to him, was allotted plot at Zamzama Commercial Phase V, DHA after he completed six months of service as DHA’s executive board president. “Ghani was appointed as Corps Commander on November 19, 2013 and his service would expire in October 2014,” the petitioner said.

Likewise, he said, Brig M Abdullah, who was appointed as administrator DHA on October 19, 2012, was allotted 1000 square yard plot in Phase IV DHA. He said in same manner many employees were allotted plots unlawfully without following its own rules and regulations.

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