Pakistan Observer

IHC orders arrest of policemen for reoccupying G-6 flats

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed SSP Operations Yaseen Farooq to arrest those police officials, who had reoccupied eight flats which were vacated on its orders. The single bench of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also ordered the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to lodge a first investigation report (FIR) under Section 452 against the eight officials and the estate officer, who allegedly helped them repossess the eight flats out of 55 vacated ones.

Justice Siddiqui said that the Esate Office was rife with corruption. The act of police and estate officials to mislead the court cannot be tolerated and contempt proceedings against them will be initiated in this regard, he added.

During the course of hearing, the judge also expressed displeasure over the report of Inspector Haq Nawaz that 55 flats had been got vacated from the police officials on the court’s orders.

However, the Additional Registrar, who was directed by the court to recheck the status of flats, informed the bench that the policemen had re-occupied the eight flats.

To this, Justice Siddiqui remarked that if the police would adopt this type of attitude then what would be situation of law and order in the country.

In the earlier hearing, the court had observed that the vacated flats would be handed over to the legitimate applicants strictly in accordance with the ‘general waiting list’ and Estate Office rules. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) had constructed these flats in Sector G-6/1 near Aabpara at a cost of Rs 105 million. Firstly the victims of the October 2005 Kashmir earthquake were temporarily sheltered in the flats and then in 2007.—APP

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