Friday, December 9, 2022

FIR filed against SBCA officials to approve construction of Nasla Tower

The Sindh Police Department on Tuesday filed an FIR against officers of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), which had allowed the building of the Nasla Tower in the capital city of Karachi.

A First Information Report (FIR) was filed at the Police Station of Ferozabad city a day after the Supreme Court ordered authorities to take action against employees of the Sindh Building Control Authority  (SBCA).

All SBCA officials who approved the construction proposal for Nasla Tower were ordered to be charged in two separate criminal proceedings by a two-member court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed.

An order for show cause was also issued by the bench against the SBCA Director General (DG) for impeding the implementation of a court order ordering the destruction of The Nasla Tower in Karachi.

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In light of a report presented by the Karachi Commissioner on Monday, the authorities issued the orders today. It was the commissioner’s contention that the SBCA authorities were obstructing the deconstruction of the illegal structure. The investigation also highlighted the fact that officials from the SBCA were demanding bribes from the contractor who had been engaged to do demolition work.

In light of the report, the court ordered that separate cases against the SBCA officials be filed with the provincial anti-corruption establishment and the police department in the province.

Additionally, on a petition, the bench ruled that 780 square yards of ground on which Nasla Tower is being built be taken into possession. The official assignee of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has been directed to take the land and auction it in order to compensate the allottees who have been wrongfully denied compensation.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) ordered the demolition of the Nasla Tower in June of this year because a portion of it was encroaching on property that was intended for a service road, according to the SC. In accordance with the SBCA, 400 laborers are working to demolish the building, with 50 percent of the demolition work having been accomplished by the fourth of December.

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