SHC issues notice to KMC officials on contempt application

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notice to the then and current administrators of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) for disobeying its order regarding cancellation of allotment of amenity plots to NGO for setting up school and hospital.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah framed the contempt charges against KMC’s director land Najamuzzaman and deputy director Syed Jamil Ahmed for non-compliance of the court order issued on 23rd August 2012.

The judges observed that after the issuance of contempt notice KMC officials had complied with court order, which speaks volume of their conduct. It said that comments filed by officials on contempt of court application did not explain the reason for non-compliance of court order for almost 20 months.

The bench was hearing a contempt of court application filed by NGO Zaidi Foundation seeking contempt proceedings against KMC officials for non-compliance of the court orders. Applicant submitted that SHC had set aside the cancellation of two amenity plots ST-15 and ST-22 in Gulistan Jauhar allotted to it for setting up school and hospital.

Despite lapse of 20 months, the KMC authorities did not implement on the court orders and restore allotment of plots, applicant added. The court was pleaded to initiate contempt proceedings against KMC officials.

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