KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notice to top officials of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) for disobeying its earlier order that restrained them from taking any coercive action against a cellular company in pursuance of notice for payment of fee for installing and maintaining mobile phone towers in DHA.
A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar was seized with the contempt of court application filed by Warid Telecom, who impleaded Brig Naeem (personnel & administration) DHA, Lt Col (retd) Tahir, Estate department and Brig Muhammad Abdullah, Administrator DHA as alleged contemnors.
Counsel for applicant cellular company, submitted that high court had issued an interim order, restraining DHA from taking any adverse action against cellular company in respect of its notice for payment of NOC fee for installing Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) throughout the DHA.
Despite the court’s restraining order, the contemnors were forcing cellular company to pay the NoC fee and has threatened to stop the its cellular service from DHA in case of non-payment of charges, the counsel said, adding that if the service of company was stopped in DHA it would cause huge financial loss to the company. Besides, it would put subscribers to considerable inconvenience.
He said that cellular company was licensed under the Telecom Act 1996, adding that it has to share private and public right of way for installation of BTS in terms of Section 27-A of Telecom Act. Therefore, he requested court to restrain officials of DHA from taking any coercive action against it. The court was also prayed to restrain DHA from charging NoC fee for installing and maintaining mobile phone towers throughout DHA.
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