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SC reserves judgement in CDA land case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its judgment in a suo motu case against the allotment of a land measuring 54 acres and worth billion of rupees in Sector E-11 of the federal capital by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to the Multi Professional Housing Society on the pretext of its development.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Ghulam Rabbani observed that the court would give a decision on the case according to the law. In the previous hearing, the court had noted that the land development deal, prima facie, was not transparent. Akram Sheikh, who had been appointed as an amicus curiae in the case, said that there is no provision in the CDA Ordinance 1960 to authorise a private party to undertake sectoral development.

“This scandal is far bigger than the F-9 Park, as the amount received by the CDA officers and the developers runs not into billions but in trillions,” he said. The purpose of establishing the CDA was to develop the federal capital. It has staff and can also take help from police and even rangers to eject encroachers from its land, Sheikh added.

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