Nasla Tower builders and city officials were charged with crimes. In Karachi, the police filed a case against the builder of the Nasla Tower and officials from a number of government agencies and departments on Monday. This is because the Supreme Court ordered them to.
The Supreme Court ordered the police and the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to take departmental action and file separate cases against the owners of the building, the Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Society, and other government departments for giving the go-ahead for a building that was against the law.
The bench said that the SBCA officials had broken the law, and each and every one of them could face departmental probes and be charged with crimes under the Pakistan Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The bench ordered that two separate first information reports (FIRs) be filed against the SBCA officials and other government officials at the ACE and the police station where they work. It also told the ACE and the DIG-East to file compliance reports in one week.
FIRs were filed at Ferozeabad police station on Monday under sections 34 (common intention), 161 (public servant taking gratification other than legal pay for an official act), 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document with the intent to cause injury) and 218 (public servant framing an incorrect record or writing with the intent to save a person from punishment or their property from being forfeited).
A copy of the FIR, which is available on Dawn.com, says that the city commissioner was told to write a report for the court after a number of different departments looked into the tower.
FIR: “When the Karachi commissioner looked into the plots from all departments, it was found that the plot for the Nasla Tower is 780 square yards in the SMCHS papers,” the FIR said.
According to the report, the owner/builder, Abdul Qadir, had built a tower on 1,121 square yards of land, illegally building on 341 square yards of a service road. He sold flats and shops to people. The report said the society had given him 780 square yards.
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It said that the Supreme Court had told the DIG East to file a case against everyone who was involved in the construction, allotment, and mapping of the Nasla Tower. That’s what the FIR said. Records show that the building was built with “mala fide intent and collusion of other departments.”
As a result of the court order, the FIR said that a case would be filed against Abdul Qadir, his accomplice builders, the SBCA chairman and secretary, the SMCHS officials, the MPD director and deputy director, their officials, as well as those of other departments that were involved in the scheme. This is how it works:
Demolition orders have been given for the Nasla Tower in the middle of the city
Nasla Towers was built on land that should have been used for a service road on June 16. A three-judge SC bench, led by the CJP, ordered that the 15-story building be demolished.
The court detailed its order on June 19, and it also told the builders of the Nasla Tower to refund the money to the registered buyers of both residential and commercial units in three months.
In the future, the builder of the Nasla Tower filed a review petition against the June 16 order, which was denied by the supreme court a few weeks ago.
On Oct. 25, the Supreme Court told the city commissioner to demolish the Nasla Tower through “controlled blasting” in a week and write a report. Companies were then told to send in their demolition costs until two were chosen.
Then, in October, the residents of Nasla Tower were given notices by the district administration. They were told to leave the 15-story building by Oct 27 or face coercive action from the authorities. Most families had moved out of their apartments by October 28.
Then asked for a final decision on how to demolish Nasla Tower. One company wanted to pay Rs220 million for a controlled high-rise implosion, but another company wanted to do the job for free.
The demolition of the tower finally started on Nov. 24, when the supreme court scolded the Karachi commissioner for not tearing down the tower. After that, the work to tear down the building began in earnest.
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