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Liberty Park and Ride Plaza: LDA bosses to be booked if park land encroached

LAHORE, March 15: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday observed that those at the helm of affairs of the Lahore Development Authority will have to face criminal cases if Liberty Park and Ride Shopping Plaza was found to be constructed on the land reserved for a recreational park.

Justice Saeed issued this warning to LDA authorities while hearing a petition challenging construction of the plaza, when petitioner`s counsel said the shopping plaza had been built on the land of a recreational park.

Counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique said the impugned construction had caused millions of rupees loss to Liberty Market traders.

The judge directed the LDA to produce plaza`s map and adjourned the hearing till April 15.

Advocate Siddique and six shop owners of the market filed the petition and contended that the transfer of open space to LDA for the purpose of constructing the plaza was based on mala fide and in violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.

They prayed to the court to declare that the said open space was still in the ownership and control of the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) and that all subsequent transactions or transfers of it by any authority were without any legal jurisdiction.

pay raise case: Lahore High Court additional registrar Riaz Ali Zaidi has filed a writ petition against the Punjab government for not giving a 50 per cent increase in basic pay of high court employees.

The officer petitioned that basic salaries of government employees were increased by 50 per cent in the 2010-11 federal budget and on the directions of the prime minister, the law ministry also issued a notification in this regard.

The petitioner pointed out that all provincial governments, except for Punjab, had implemented the notification and employees of all three high courts and Islamabad High Court had been given the said increase.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will take up the petition on Wednesday (today). BoGs:

A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned for two weeks the hearing of a suo motu case about the establishment of boards of governors (BoGs) in government colleges.

Advocate Asad Manzoor Butt, representing students and teachers, pleaded that the establishment of BoGs was in violation of the Constitution.

He said after the introduction of BoGs, the annual fee of FSc had raisen to Rs86,000. He said the role of principals would be limited as each BoG was answerable to the education secretary only.

Advocate Butt requested the court to seek point of view of senior lawyer Abid Hasan Manto about the establishment of BoGs.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry adjourned the hearing for two weeks.

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