LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab to set up a camp for receiving complaints from people to enable them get possession of their land, retrieved from alleged land grabber Mansha Ali Khokhar, alias Mansha Bomb.
The court also asked the IGP for publishing an advertisement in this regard, besides seeking a report.
A special bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing a suo motu case regarding encroachments by Mansha Bomb here at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry.
As proceedings commenced, DIG Operations Waqas Nazir appeared before the bench and submitted that Mansha Bomb was involved in 19 cases of land grabbing. All the grabbed land had been retrieved from his possession and handed over to the owners and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).
He submitted that the LDA had been given possession of 32 kanals of land, which would hand over the same to the real owners after due process.
However, the chief justice expressed annoyance over police official for taking side with Mansha Bomb.
To which, DIG Waqas argued that it were the police who had arrested Mansha Bomb and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, besides ensuring complete implementation of the court orders.
At this, the chief justice observed that police were unable to overpower a single Mansha Bomb, while summoning the IGP and adjourning the hearing for a short span of time.
Later, the chief justice also reprimanded IGP Amjad Javed Saleemi for his force's conduct, after he claimed that the police were doing a "fantastic job".
Mansha Bomb was also produced before the bench, who broke into tears in the courtroom and pleaded for mercy.
"You did not fear God while grabbing others' land," the chief justice said.
During the hearing, a complainant submitted that Mansha Bomb had also occupied his land and the matter was pending with Civil Judge Noor Muhammad, who treated him rudely but was courteous towards Mansha Bomb and his counsel.
At this, the top judge summoned the sessions judge and the said civil judge to his chamber and later relieved him of the case.
The court also ordered DC Lahore and DG LDA to hold a meeting for resolving the issue of the complainant and give possession of the property to him.