Land encroachment: SHC issues non-bailable warrants for arrest of Akhtar Jadoon, Mirza Abid

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of a former provincial minister, Akhtar Hussain Jadoon and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital (SBBH)’s representative, Mirza Abid Hussain, over their failure to respond to contempt notices and subsequent bailable warrants.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was seized with the hearing of a contempt of court application filed by Karachi Port Trust (KPT)’s estate manager, who moved the court against Mr Akhtar and Mr Mirza for encroaching upon the piece of land in the Jungle Shah Keamari for setting up Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital on this encroached land illegally despite court’s restraining order.

Counsel for applicant submitted that provincial government had asked KPT to provide a plot in Keamari for establishment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital. Upon refusal of KPT to allot the land, the provincial authorities encroached upon the land and started construction.

While granting his request, the court had granted a stay order against construction on the plot on February 27, 2013, he said while adding that despite the court’s stay order, the construction was ongoing. Citing Mr Akhtar and Mirza as contemnors, he pleaded to the court to proceed against them for disobeying court order.

While conducting a preliminary hearing on the application, the court had issued contempt notice to both contemnors to respond to the petition but they did not turn up before the court. Subsequently, the court on September 5, 2014 issued bailable warrants in sum of Rs100000 for procuring their attendance.

During a hearing on Thursday, SHO Jackson police station filed a statement, submitting that warrants were duly served on them and they assured that they will appear before the court. He added that they furnished a surety bond of Rs100000 each to ensure their appearance.

The judges noted that today none of the contemnors was present and in circumstances we were left with no option but to issue non-bailable warrants for their arrest and production before this court on November 11.

The court also issued show-cause notice to them to explain as to why the surety bonds of Rs100000 furnished by them be not fortified.

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