KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday barred Pakistan Defence Officers Housing Authority (PDOHA) from dispossessing Custom Cricket Academy (CCA) of a cricket ground in DHA Karachi.
Justice Muneeb Akhtar, who headed a single bench of SHC, gave this interim order on the lawsuit filed by CCA against dispossession of cricket ground located at Khayaban-e-Rahat, Phase-VI DHA. The bench also issued notice to PDOHA to file comments in lawsuit and adjourned the hearing of case till May 08.
Plaintiff, CCA filed a lawsuit through former test player Jalaluddin, who runs the academy, stating that that DHA had invited bids for renting out the cricket ground through the newspapers in 2008. Following the advertisement for bids, CCA participated and submitted its proposal to DHA.
Plaintiff’s counsel said that proposal of the plaintiff was accepted by PDOHA. However, Plaintiff suggested in its proposal that the ground should be rented out for a period of minimum ten years as any period less than ten years would not be feasible to invest a huge amount for development of cricket academy of international standard.
He told the judges that after deliberations both parties reached an agreement that cricket academy would initially be rented out ground for a period of five years but it will be entitled to have the same renewed for a further five-year period after the expiry of earlier period.
Five-year period of the agreement was to expire on 30th October 2014 as the physical possession of the ground was handed over to the academy in the month of November 2009 and license fee was being paid from month of November 2009, he added.
He said that CAA had spent approximately an amount of Rs6.5 million for the development of full grassy cricket ground and other major expenditures for coaching tools, evening net lights, construction of recently built office, canteen and dugout for players and installation of CCTV cameras.
He stated that PDOHA had invited fresh bids for renting out the ground on April 13 in violation of agreed terms and conditions of licence agreement, adding that act was also in breach of assurances that academy will not be asked to vacate premises the for the completion of ten years.
The court was prayed to declare the act of DHA to invite bids for renting out ground illegal and violation of law and also restrain it dispossessing the CAA of cricket ground.
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