ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court dismissed the Bahria Town's review petition challenging the apex court's May 4 verdict, noting that its implementation bench would deal with the encroachers.
A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar set aside the petition after going through the arguments placed by the litigants at length.
On may 4, the apex court had declared that the total area of land acquired by the Bahria Town in Takht Pari, Rawalpindi was 2,210 acres and not 1,741 acres as claimed.
During the course of proceedings, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi also appeared before the court in compliance with its orders and sought time to submit his reply. The court, however, declared that the implementation bench would hear the case against him.
The apex court had summoned Elahi in his capacity as the former Punjab chief minister, to explain under which authority he had ordered demarcation of forest land in Takht Pari that eventually benefited his family.
Subsequently, the court dismissed the review petition of the Bahria Town.
It may be added that in its May 4 judgement, the SC had ordered the forest department, revenue department and the Survey of Pakistan to conduct a fresh demarcation after giving notices to the forest department and Bahria Town.