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LHC declines to stay plaza auction

LAHORE, March 28: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on an application to grant stay order against the proposed auction of 26 shops and a restaurant at Liberty Park and Ride Plaza.

The petitioners’ lawyer requested the court to issue a stay order, however, the court merely directed the LDA to file its reply by April 15.

The counsel said a writ petition against the establishment of the plaza was already pending but the LDA was going to auction its shops and restaurant. He said the plaza was built on a park’s land and if the court declared the construction illegal, innocent people would lose their huge investment.

He pointed out that the court had directed the LDA to produce map of the plaza but it had not complied with the orders so far and was taking adjournments on one pretext or the other.

The counsel alleged that his clients/shop owners had been implicated in fake cases for agitating the illegalities of the LDA.

“If the court declares the establishment of plaza illegal, the whole process of auction will automatically become void,” Justice Saeed observed while turning down the request to grant stay order.

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