SHC orders demolition of illegal construction in Clifton

October 20, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Cantonment Board Clifton’s (CBC) officials to raze the unlawful construction on Gizri Bazaar Road in Clifton area.

Headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, a division bench, also directed SSP concerned to provide police backup to CBC officers in pulling down illegal structures. The bench was hearing a petition filed by Mubarak Masih, who moved the court seeking action against unlawful construction.

The petitioner alleged that CBC officials were involved in allowing illegal construction of ground-plus-seven-floor building on Gizri Bazaar Road. The building was being constructed without any approved plan and CBCs no-objection certificate, he said adding that the builder had covered compulsory-open-space, duct and also encroached three-feet wide street.

The court was pleaded to order demolition of the illegal building. During hearing on October 02, the court had issued show-cause notice to CBC’s CEO and its legal officer to explain their position as to why proceedings for showing disrespect to this court be not initiated against him.

In response to the show-cause notice, CBC’s top officer submitted his comments, stating that he did not intend to show disrespect to the court. He assured the judges that following the court order, CBC would take action against illegal construction in Clifton area.

After sifting through his comments, the court discharged the show-cause notice and directed him to submit compliance report by October 30.

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