Islamabad: Before the Supreme Court, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) misrepresented the unconstitutional building of courts on the grounds of the Sessions Courts in Islamabad.

The registrar of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) revealed this in a written response to the Supreme Court‘s order of April 5 in response to apex court’s order.

While hearing an appeal against the IHC’s decision to ban lawyers’ chambers from a football ground in F-8 on March 2, a bench led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed noted that some courts had been illegally built on private property.

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The apex court then ordered the IHC registrar to “to ensure that such land is vacated, court structure removed and the courts are shifted to proper regular premises.”

On April 5, however, the Supreme Court demanded an explanation from the IHC registrar, asking him “why structures have not been removed/demolished. The registrar IHC seems to have not complied with the court order” The IHC registrar was also summoned by the Supreme Court.

Sajid Baloch, the Registrar of the IHC, claimed in his response that “action was taken immediately after receiving the order” [of the SC].

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It added that, in addition to the football field, encroachments and illegal constructions were made on green areas, roads, streets, public car parking areas, and commercial plots in the F-8 Markaz, and that all of these illegal constructions and encroachments had been declared a security threat by the local administration, especially after the March 3, 2014, terrorist attack.

The registrar claimed that the civil courts encouraged illegal construction and encroachment through injunctive orders, which were later revoked by the IHC.

He went on to say that shortly after the apex court’s order, the registrar ordered the sessions courts judge and the CDA to locate and destroy the courts built illegally on greenbelts and private property.

However, the CDA eventually concluded that certain courts and buildings were built illegally on a public commercial plot.

Aside from the illegally built trials, several chambers on the same plot were also built illegally by enrolled attorneys.

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The CDA was only asked to remove the illegal structure of the courts, according to the IHC registrar, because the Supreme Court had already given the CDA two months to remove the illegal chambers from the sessions courts premises.

The CDA then carried out the directives, confirming that the illegally built courts had been demolished.

According to the registrar, an enforcement report was also sent to the Supreme Court on March 29 in response to the CDA’s action.

The IHC chief justice had requested that the registrar’s office conduct a forensic audit to determine how some courts were built illegally and “to identify the persons/officials responsible for causing loss to the exchequer,” according to the registrar.

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