SHC restrains authorities from taking illegal action to wedding lawn

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has barred the local government secretary, city’s administrator, and other KMC officials from taking action against a wedding lawn without due process of law.

A division bench, headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, issued notices to the respondents and provincial law officer on a petition against imminent demolition of a marriage lawn at Korangi.

The petitioners, Mohammad Ali, submitted that he is running a marriage lawn on a plot, near Degree College Korangi, which he had got on lease executed in 2009 with district municipal authorities, adding the Korangi’s deputy commissioner had also issued no-objection certificates to establish wedding lawn.

Under the terms of the leases, they said, they were paying monthly charges to the authorities. The petitioner told the judges that KMC officials visited his lawn and demanded money, threatening to demolish the lawn if their demand was not met.

The authorities had launched a campaign against the marriage lawns constructed on amenity properties, they said while apprehending that in garb of this campaign, their lawful lawns will be demolished.

Nominating the secretary local government department, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s administrator, deputy commissioner of Korangi districts, KMC’s anti-encroachment cell director as respondents, they prayed to the court to restrain the official respondents from razing his lawn.

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