CJP gives dressing down to Sindh revenue board officer

Asks him to vacate illegally occupied govt land within a month

By: News Desk      Published: 11:35 AM, 25 Nov, 2021
CJP gives dressing down to Sindh revenue board officer
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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmad while giving a dressing down to a senior member of the Board of Revenue directed him to retrieve the government land from the illegal occupation in the entire length and breadth of Sindh, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The CJP asked the Revenue Board member to submit a report within a month. The top judge was irked when he didn’t get a satisfactory answer from the senior member regarding how much government land the board had retrieved telling him off by saying ‘don’t play games with the court and stop telling us stories of the committee. Do the actual work and retrieve the government land.’

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by CJP Gulzar and comprised of Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Amin was hearing a case regarding illegal occupation of the revenue board land and computerization of the departmental record at Karachi Registry on Thursday. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad ordered the Revenue Board to vacate all the illegally occupied government land in Sindh. 

The top judge lamented that even the anti-encroachment courts were not working as there was only one case in a big city like Sukkur. 

Justice Ahsan wondered that there were no encroachments in Hyderabad even. The CJP remarked that the whole city of Hyderabad in fact had been encroached upon. He said there was no case in Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur and Benazirabad. 

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Justice Ahsan said there were illegal occupation cases all over Karachi city, but only nine cases were brought forward before the court. He lamented that these people would illegally occupy the land and then take extortion money. 

He admonished the senior revenue member saying ‘you are happy to become senior member but you don’t do anything.’

Justice Amin wondered if he were patronizing the mafia and defended their interests.

CJP Gulzar expressed his astonishment that all these 15-20 storied buildings that had sprung in Karachi, were they legal? “It’s because of the connivance of the Revenue Board which prepares the fake documents,” he added.

Reporter Bilal Ahmad