SC tells media not to report illegal buildings case
LAHORE: A division bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, hearing the case against illegal buildings in Lahore, banned the print and electronic media from reporting the proceedings of the case.
The bench, consisting of Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Falak Sher passed the order during the proceedings of the case. During Monday’s proceedings, Justice Ramday ordered reporters present in the courtroom to come near the rostrum. The eight reporters went near the rostrum where the judge asked them not to report the proceedings of the case.
On August 2, the day of the previous hearing, the bench had ordered the owner of Alamgir Tower, Gulberg, to fill six basements of the tower because they had constructed nine basements after getting approval for only three. The court also imposed Rs 5 million fine on the tower’s owner.
On July 30, the SC bench had issued notice to the owners of 13 plazas in the city that were constructed in violation of building bylaws according to the report of a commission, appointed by the court. Earlier, the bench had ordered the demolition of an extension of Masood Hospital at Kalma Chowk.
The bench had also observed that the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) was passing building bylaws for high-rise buildings without considering the availability of proper security measures for the residents of the building in case of an emergency. The bench had also ordered for the suspension of four LDA officials. However, in the previous proceedings, the court ordered for reinstating one of them who was recommended by the LDA director general.
Source: Daily Times