SHC issues notices on petition seeking stoppage of harassment


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notices to principal secretary of governor Sindh, Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh, DG rangers and others to file their comments on a petition filed by the director Friends Contraction Syndicates Limited (FSCL), Raza Ali Abdi, seeking a stoppage of harassment.

SHC bench took up the petition filed by Raza Ali Abdi and his construction company alleging that respondents Amir-ul-Ebad and Waqar-ul-Ebad allegedly received extortion from his company and kept harassing him and his partner even after receiving the extortion money.

The petitioner submitted that his company is registered with Pakistan Engineering Council and was awarded a contract of overhead bridge on HBL Chowrangi, SITE Karachi on 26th April 2011. He submitted that after the work of overhead bridge started, Waqar demanded extortion from his company and threatened of dire consequences if they refused to pay the extortion amount.

The petitioner submitted that he paid Rs 2.5 millions to Waqar as extortion but after sometime Waqar again visited his office along with his brother Amir, and pressurized him to award sub-contract of installing solar electrical lights & poles to his brother.

He submitted that Waqar and Amir kept threatening him to get more and more money. In July 2013, I paid Rs1.8 millions to them as they were threatening me to drag in fake cases, the petitioner submitted.

The petitioner stated that for last few days propaganda is being carried against him, and his media trial is under way.

Citing principal secretary of governor Sindh, Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh, DG rangers, SHO Nazimabad police station, DIG West, Amir-ul-Ebad and Waqar-ul-Ebad and RAAS Enterprises as respondents, the petitioner prayed to the court to restrain the authorities concerned to from taking coercive action against him.

The court was also requested to direct the respondents to provide protection to him, his family and FSCL employees. “My media trial and harassment should be stopped,” Abdi requested the court.

After the initial hearing, the court issued notices to Attorney General and respondents to file their comments on 21st October.