Supreme Court rejects Bahria Town plea

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Supreme Court rejects Bahria Town plea

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed the Bahria Town’s request to defer payment over withdrawal of petition.

A three-member special bench of the court comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the Bahria Town Karachi Implementation case.

During the course of proceedings, Advocate Ali Zafar counsel for the Bahria Town said that the Bahria Town had paid installments till November.

Justice Faisal Arab said that once the payment had been made, the request to defer installments was premature.

Ali pleaded the court to delay payment due to coronavirous for one year.

Justice Munib Akhtar said that the business community had received a lot of relief because of coronavirous.

Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said that a court decision was not an agreement that could be changed over time. The implementation bench did not have the power to overturn a court decision, he added.

Barrister Ali Zafar said that the implementation bench would also decide to give the money to the government.

Justice Munib Akhtar said that the Bahria’s job was to submit the money to the court, not to see where it would be spent.

Ali Zafar said that the Bahria Town would go bankrupt if it continued the payment of instalments.

Justice Faisal Arab asked the counsel that his request was currently premature.

Ali said that the application would be re-filed in due course.

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A two-member bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan addressing the accused said that four prisoners broke out of the jail and escaped during his duty. He said that accused’s job was to search the prisoners.

He said that three courts found the accused guilty.

The chief justice said that four accused escaped while the accused was on duty inside the jail. He said that twenty-one employees, including the accused, who were on day and night shifts duties were held responsible.

He said that the four accused escaped by cutting the prison bars.

The counsel for accused Abdul Sattar said that his client was on duty during the day while the accused had fled at night.

The court accepted the petitioner’s appeal and directed that the case be fixed for hearing after three months. Four accused escaped from Haripur Jail in 2012.