Restaurant case: SHC orders CAA officials to reply for flouting its order

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed director general Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), airport manager Jinnah International Airport and senior manager (commercial) CAA to submit their respective explanations for flouting its order.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan once again ordered top officials of CAA to maintain status quo with regard to their plan to vacate the site of restaurant at Jinnah International Airport.

Shabbir Ahmed, operator of the restaurant, filed contempt application impleading Air Marshal (R) Muhammad Yousaf, director general CAA; Muhammad Afsar Malik, airport manager and Ali June Agha, senior manager (commercial) CAA as alleged contemnors.

Applicant submitted that he had entered into an agreement with CAA in December 2012 for running restaurant on the premises of airport for the period of three years. The agreement is to expire in 2015 but the CAA had cancelled agreement illegally on March 27, 2014 and forced him to vacate the restaurant, he added.

He said the cancelation of agreement was illegal as no authority could do so without complying with the terms and conditions of the agreement.

He said earlier on June 06, a division bench of SHC had ordered authorities to maintain status quo with regard to vacating the restaurant but despite that he was being forced by CAA officials to vacate the restaurant.

He told the bench that despite knowledge of court order, CAA officials had issued him a letter asking him to vacate the site even though they have set seven-day deadline for him to vacate the site which was sheer violation of the order. Hence he requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against them.

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