SC to decide Aisha Bawany College’s ownership dispute: SHC

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday threw out the contempt of court applications filed by the Aisha Bawany Trust and the provincial government against each other for defying court’s orders.

While dismissing both the applications, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Fahim Siddiqui ruled that the matter pertaining to the ownership and possession of the Aisha Bawany College would be decided by the Supreme Court, where matter is pending disposal.

Earlier, Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh had ordered to place the provincial government’ contempt of court application against the Aisha Bawani Trust for not complying with the court’s earlier order of reopening of the Aisha Bawani College before the same bench that had restrained the handing over of building’s possession to the trust.

The application filed by Advocate General Barrister Zamir Ghumro said that the single bench had restrained the execution of order of the civil court regarding the sealing and possession of the college, but the Aisha Bawani Trust was still not allowing the functioning of educational activities at the college.

Howerver, later another bench of the high court ordered on Thursday the reopening of the college on a fresh constitutional petition filed by college principal and teachers against its closure.

Earlier on Thursday, on the orders of a two-judge bench of the high court, SHC Nazir Karamdin Junejo along with Additional Advocate General Barrister Ghulam Mustafa Mahesar went to the college in the afternoon and reopened it after breaking its lock. The court official also pasted the court’s order on its gate.

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