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Sohrab Goth SHO issued contempt notice in harassment case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued contempt notice to SHO Sohrab Goth police station for wilful non-compliance of court order in a case pertaining to the harassment of a freewill couple.

Petitioner Tehmina Shamim, resident of district Naushero Feroze, moved court against harassment by SHO Sohrab Goth.

Advocate Nasir Mughal submitted petitioner Tehmina left her parents home with Ali Buledi and contracted a freewill marriage against her family’s consent.

To take revenge, her brother Misri Khan lodged an allegedly fake FIR US 365-B PPC about her abduction against Ali and his family members at PS Tharo Shah.

While another bogus FIR on robbery charges was registered against her husband at Sohrab Goth police station by her family.

Additional attorney general that he addressed a letter to the SHO Sohrab Goth, asking him for appearing in court, but the officer did not respond.

The division bench comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi directed DIG East to appear before this court and procure the attendance of SHO Sohrab Goth on the next date.

The office was also directed to issue a contempt notice to the SHO for wilful non-compliance of order dated August 26, which was communicated by this office as well as the Additional attorney general.

Cellular companies’ law-suit against tower fee: The same bench directed Chief Executive Officers of Clifton and Faisal Cantonment Boards to file comments on private cellular service provider companies, challenging demand for annual fee on installation of Bast Trans-ceiver Stations (BTS) towers within their jurisdictions.

Five private cellular companies, Telenor, Warid, Pakistan Mobile, Pakistan Telecommunication and CM Communications jointly filed a petition against alleged unlawful annual fee imposed by six cantonment boards of the city.

They cited Clifton, Faisal, Karachi, Malir, Korangi Creek and Manora Cantonment Boards through their CEOs as respondents.

Their counsel submitted petitioner companies installed BTS towers to provide better mobile phone services to consumers in the Clifton, Faisal, Karachi, Malir, Korangi Creek and Manora Cantonment Boards jurisdictions. They stated different municipal authorities were already paid Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 for installation of each BTS tower in the city. They alleged the cantonment boards demanded annual fee to install BTS towers ranging from Rs 240,000 to Rs 480,000 each. On non-payment, cantonment boards’ staff damages BTS machinery, causing heavy financial losses, and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority penalises them for inefficient service caused by infrastructure damages.

Counsels submitted cellular service provider companies are governed under Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act 1996 in terms of its Section 27.

They contended cellular companies were entitled for privileges conferred under the Telegraph Act 1885, therefore, cantonment boards demand for annual fee on installation of BTS towers was illegal, without legal authority.

They prayed to declare respondent cantonment boards had no authority to demand unlawful fee and restrain them from disrupting network of petitioner cellular companies.

The SHC division bench directed chief executive officers of Clifton, Faisal Cantonment Boards and other respondents to file their comments till next date.
Source: Daily Times
Date:9/19/2010