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In the Nasla Tower case, the Supreme Court has ordered that criminal charges be filed against SBCA executives

KARACHI: On Monday, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the filing of two separate criminal charges against all employees of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) who authorised Nasla Tower’s construction plan.

The case was heard in the SC Karachi registry by a two-member SC bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed.

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SBCA Director General (DG) was also given a show-cause notice for contempt of court for impeding the implementation of a court order regarding the destruction of Nasla Tower.

The orders were given in light of a report submitted by the Karachi Commissioner on Monday. The commissioner maintained that the SBCA authorities were blocking the demolition of the illegal building. The report also underlined that the SBCA officials were demanding bribes from the contractor hired for demolition work.

In light of the report, the bench ordered the provincial anti-corruption establishment and the police to register separate cases against the SBCA officials.

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The bench, on request, also ordered the seizure of 780 square yards of land on which Nasla Tower has been constructed. The official assignee of Sindh High Court (SHC) has been ordered to seize the land and auction it for payment of compensation to the allottees.

In June this year, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC), had ordered the demolition of the Nasla Tower as a part of it was encroaching on the land meant for a service road. According to the SBCA, 400 labourers had been demolishing the building and 50 per cent of demolition work had been completed until December 4.

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