The Supreme Court upheld its ruling on Friday on a petition filed by the Korangi Wedding Room Association against the demolition of the wedding hall at Korangi Crossing.
A three-member bench, chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed and consisting of Judge Ijazul Hassan and Judge Mazhar Alam, is hearing the defense at the SC Karachi registry.
Former Pakistani Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, who debated the case on behalf of the association, argued that Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) rules allowed the status of residential plots to be commercialized. Because of that, according to him, the marriage room at Korangi Crossing was legal.
Hearing this, Judge Hassan said that anywhere in the world a master plan for a city is made only once and the city remains the same.
“Not changing the status of residential lots will create problems of water scarcity and errors in the sewerage system of residential areas,” the court asked.
“All of the Defense Housing Authorities have been converted into commercial areas,” said CJP Ahmed. Entire cities will be turned into commercial areas if this continues, he added.
Judge Hassan said that the city had been completely transformed by changing the status of the settlement. The court directed the applicant’s counsel to present his arguments in writing and defend its decision on the defense.
Hearing of another case, the top court issued a notice to the Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Association (PECHS) and other relevant authorities of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s petition regarding the illegal occupation of an amenity plot near Jheel Park.
During the trial, KMC advisors argued that the amenity plots near Jheel Park were being used for residential purposes. This, according to him, violates the law because the status of the convenience plot cannot be changed.
The lawyer informed the judge that the Sindh High Court had accepted the petition submitted by the alot. He moved the court to declare the use of facility plots for housing purposes as illegal.
The court issued notices to PECHS and other relevant bodies, directing them to keep theme park status as is.
Discharged railroad employees
Meanwhile, the judge rejected the application of a former railway department employee to his dismissal due to allegations of corruption.
The petitioner, Khan Bahadur, admitted to not having committed fraud worth Rs20 million and the charges against him were false. He said that train tickets had been transferred to Lahore but he was responsible for it.
However, Judge Hassan said that Bahadur was found guilty when the investigation was carried out and the investigating officers had determined that he was responsible for the irregularity.
The court rejected the defense and adjourned the trial.