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SC adjourns Katas temple case till Nov

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the suo moto case on drying out of Katas Raj temple’s pond in Chakwal, till November.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, Additional Advocate General Punjab Faisal Ch submitted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report.

He said that the EPA’s detailed report indicated the reasons for the underground water and temple pond drying up. He said that the report also recommended the installation of water meters in the area.

Justice Bandial asked had the Chairman of the E-vacuee Trust Board Prope-rty (ETBP) been appointed? Ramesh, MNA, said that despite the court order, a bureaucrat Aamir Khan had been appointed Chairman of ETBP, instead of a minority representative. He said that the ETBP had a total of 1831 temples and Gurdwaras out of which 31 were functional and 1799 Temples and Gurdwaras were not in its direct control, he added.

He said that there were no lights or statues of Hindu deities in the temples of Katas Raj. The court issued notice to the Chair-man ETBP and also sought a comprehensive report.

Justice Bandial said that the court could not hear the case in detail today. Justice Yahya Afridi also recused himself from the case.

SC adjourns bail plea of accused involved in selling state land: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of a bail plea filed by NAB accused Kabir Shah involved in selling state land to a government department after obtaining land on lease.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. During the course of proceedings, the NAB Prosecutor said that the accused had been arrested from the telephone record. Accused to be produced in accountability court today via video link, he added.

He said that the accused had been informed of the investigation report that NAB had declared him as the main accused. Accused was ready for plea bargain, he added. He said that the accused obtained government land for cultivation on lease for 15 years. The accused sold the land to the Labor Department, he added. He said that the concerned Deputy Commiss-ioner had passed away.

Later, hearing of the case was adjourned for a week.

SC accepts pre-arrest bail pleas of accused allegedly involved in selling state land: The Supreme Court Tuesday accepted pre-arrest bail of accused Mukhtiarkar Pervez and Jamaluddin for Rs 2 million surety bond allegedly involved in selling state land in Sindh.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the case.

According to the NAB, the petitioner issued NOC in connivance with others without ascertaining the genuineness of entries and extended undue benefit for the sale of Government Land causing a huge loss to Government Exchequer to the tune of Rs 160 million.

During the course of proceedings, the court also issued notice to the NAB.

Justice Bandial said that Allah Dino gave the land as a gift to Shah Rehman and Rasool Bakhsh.

He asked the owners to show proof if they owned the land as NAB had claimed that it was a state land. Commissioner and Mukhtiarkar issued NOC for sale of land, he added. He said that both the petitioners were accused of not verifying the records and selling the land on fake papers.

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