KDA DG among three arrested in Nasla Tower case
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Those arrested included Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Director General (DG) Asif Memon, Atif Lamba, and are facing charges of occupying lands in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Korangi areas of the city.
The police will produce all three of them in a court today to get their physical remand.
During a marathon hearing of the petitions filed against encroachments in the megacity at the Karachi Registry, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed issued the orders for the demolition.
Rejecting the pleas of the builder and the residents, the apex court declared the building as illegal.
The CJP said the China cutting was being carried out in such a way in Karachi that people occupied more land than what they possessed.
Justice Ijazul Hassan said that the KMC report showed that some area was used illegally by the Nasla Tower. He said part of building was constructed on the service road. Not only the service road but Shahra-e-Faisal was also gobbled by the building.
Chief Justice Gulzar said that the building had encroached upon the footpath.
However, in an apparent big relief for the affectees of tower’s demolition, the Supreme Court just three days ago, on December 27, ordered the immediate confiscation of the Nasla Tower’s plot after Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan apprised the court that neither the Sindh government nor the tower’s builder had paid a penny to the victims.
The SC also ordered the registration of separate FIRs against the SCBA officers in Ferozabad Police Station.