Islamabad: According to press reports, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has urged the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to uphold the Martial Law Regulations in a case involving the chopping down of trees in the federal capital.

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CDA’s council petitioned IHC to stay the decisions of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) granting bail and nullifying the verdict of CDA’s senior special magistrate in a case against the owner of a private housing scheme.

According to reports, the CDA petitioned the court on the grounds that the ADSJ is not the appropriate authority to overturn the CDA’s decision because of sub-clause 2 of section 6 of Martial Law Regulation No. 82 of 1960. As a result, the CDA council asked the IHC to reinstate the CDA’s decision, imposing a PKR 1.5 billion fine and three years in prison.

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A complaint was filed against the owner of a housing complex for cutting down trees in the area for construction purposes, which started the litigation. The ADSJ, however, overruled the CDA’s decision and granted the owner bail in exchange for $600,000 in surety bonds.

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