SHC bars MKC from demolishing wedding lawn set up on club’s plot

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday barred Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) from taking any adverse action in respect of razing a wedding lawn in Bahadurabad area.

A division bench, headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, gave this restraining order on a petition filed by M/S Orenz Events Management Company against civic authorities for demolishing its lawn.

The bench issued notice to the respondents – Sindh Chief secretary, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s administrator and its anti-encroachment cell and others to file comments on petition till April 27.

The petitioner’s counsel submitted that in 2011 Bahadur Yar Jung Cooperative Housing Society had leased out a plot in Block 3, Bahadurabab to Bahadurabad Club Private Limited for setting up a club for welfare of the society members. Subsequently, the club management, in order to run its affairs smoothly and meet expenses, entered into an agreement with the petitioner and allotted a portion of the club to the petitioner for establishing a wedding lawn. After expiry of the lease, it was renewed for two years in February 2015.

The counsel submitted the minister for the local government was spearheading an action against illegal encroachments on the city’s amenity plots. Under the garb of this action, the counsel added, the KMC wanted to raze the petitioner’s lawn.

He said the KMC’s officers visited the lawn and made illegal demands. Upon failure to fulfill their demands, the petitioner had been informed that the lawn would be demolished as it was constructed on an amenity plot.

Therefore, he requested the court to restrain the civic authorities from demolishing the petitioner’s wedding lawn.

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