Lahore: According to a recent news report, on Thursday, the Lahore High Court issued a notice to the Punjab Advocate General, requesting his aid in determining the validity of the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA). Hearing a petition challenging the RUDA Act 2020’s constitutionality, Justice Shahid Karim remarked that the authority’s acquisition of property appeared to lack any element of public welfare.

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Advocate Waqar A. Sheikh, who represented the petitioner, a private developer, contended that the impugned Act was irrational and in violation of the Local Government Act 2019 and Article 140-A of the Constitution. He further claimed that the challenged law was in contradiction with the 1975 Lahore Development Authority Act.

The RUDA, according to the lawyer, was founded for the purpose of snatching land from farmers and other landowners. He pointed out that the RUDA was not founded with monies intended for public use, but rather with loans obtained from banks for the purpose of acquiring property.

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He said that the RUDA was not created for the river Ravi, but rather as a rival government body to favour developers linked to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

He said that the primary goal of the challenged Act was to seize land via the state for the benefit of a few developers. He urged the court to declare the RUDA’s establishment illegal and to void all of the RUDA’s previous notifications.

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