KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Monday directed Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to submit documents showing ownership of the plots adjacent to Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, located in Soldier Bazaar, which have allegedly been illegally occupied by the temple’s caretaker.
A division bench, headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, was hearing a petition filed by Mohammad Ashfaq Khan Ghouri and other residents of Soldier Bazaar area, who have taken secretary local government, Sindh Building Control Authority’s director general, and civic authorities for failing to remove alleged encroachment on the plots near the temple.
The petitioners’ counsel submitted that Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir is located in Soldier Bazaar on a plot no.5, measuring 500 square yards. There were four plots, identified as plot no.1, 2, 3 and 4 near the temple.
He alleged the respondent, Mahraj Shree Ram Nath alias Parkash, who claimed to be the temple’s caretaker, dispossessed the owners of above-mentioned four plots in cahoots with the anti-social elements and started construction on these plots. He added the construction was being carried out illegally and without any approval of the authorities concerned.
The counsel claimed that the encroacher had also occupied the open space of surrounding residential buildings. They said they had complained to the relevant authorities against the illegal construction but no heed was paid.
Hence, he requested the court to direct the authorities concerned to remove encroachment from the plots in Soldier Bazaar.