SHC appoints nazir for inspection of Laxmi Narayan temple

May 21, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday appointed its nazir as commissioner to inspect the state of construction at 200yearsold Shiri Laxmi Narayan Mandir, a Hindu temple at the Native Jetty Bridge, Karachi.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar gave directions while the hearing the application of Kailash Wishram, who moved the court against Hindu Panchayat and former provincial minister Mukesh Chawla and other respondents for disobeying court directives of completing the construction at temple within stipulated time.

Earlier, Kailash Wishram had filed a constitutional petition submitting that the private company in collaboration with the KPT had started some construction work blocking the access to the sea from the temple. He had said that the construction would threaten their place of worship and so the rights of the minority community at large.

The court, while observing that all construction shall be such that hindrance was caused to pilgrims so that the religious rites according to the Hindu faith might be carried out in the temple, ordered for completion of construction at temple within four months and disposed of the petition.

During the hearing on Tuesday, applicant submitted that respondents had flouted the court orders as they had not completed the construction within time as directed by the SHC. He prayed to court to appoint the nazir of the court to inspect the state of construction and proceed with contempt proceedings against respondents.

After the hearing contention of applicant, the court appointed to nazir of court to visit the site and report to court the state of construction. The applicant will have to pay Rs15000 to court as fees of Nazir.