KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed counsel for petitioner to satisfy it about maintainability of a petition against alleged illegal conversion of a privately-owned residential building into a temple at school road in Karachi.
The petitioner Lt Col (R) Mukhtar Ahmed Butt approached the court, citing secretary Defence Ministry, Chief Executive Officer Cantonment Board Karachi, Military State Officer Karachi, Director General of Military Lands and Cantonment, and owner of house, which has been allegedly converted into a temple, as respondents.
Petitioner submitted that owner of House No. 6 which was named as ‘Sant Sataram Dham’ located at School Road was turned into a temple in violation of cantonment bylaws. The place is visited by members of the Hindu community to partake in religious activities seven to eight times a month causing traffic gridlock on the road as well inconvenience to residents of area and general public, he added.
Counsel for petitioner said residents of area have approached relevant authorities time and again to have their grievance addressed but all in vain.
The cantonment authorities have failed to check the illegal act of building owner, the petitioner said while requesting the court to direct respondents take action against illegal act of owner of the building. After preliminary hearing, the bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan directec counsel for petitioner to satisfy the court with regard to maintainability of the petition.
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