Court seeks details of illegally allotted kiosks
ISLAMABAD, Nov 5: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday gave three days to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit details of all the kiosks it has allotted illegally to different people.
CDA is required to allot kiosks through auction and competitive process.
Justice Siddiqui was hearing public interest litigation on encroachments in Islamabad.
On November 2, the judge had ordered CDA to remove encroachments from Shalimar Park situated in Sector F-7/3 where Khalid Malik, the brother of Interior Minister Rehman Malik, was allegedly running a restaurant with fake ownership of Zaheer Ahmed.
Despite court’s orders to CDA to ensure presence of Zaheer on Monday, he did not appear.
During the proceedings, Justice Siddiqui remarked that the director municipal administration of CDA, Mansoor Ahemd Khan, had, in violation of rules, allotted the ‘tuck shop’ to Khalid Malik which the latter converted into a restaurant and grabbed two kanals of Shalimar Park land.
“Khalid Malik was the man who brought Mansoor Ahmed in CDA on deputation and he is now obliging him by extending him undue favours,” the judge said.
The then CDA chairman Tariq Mehmood Khan also signed the allotment of kiosk to the brother of powerful minister without any hesitation, he added.
According to the CDA record provided to the court, directorate of municipal administration (DMA) received an application from Moon Star Khalid, the company of Khalid Malik, in May 2009 for establishing a kiosk in Shalimar Park, and the authority completed the process within five days and allotted him the kiosk on a monthly rent of Rs700.
The licensee on October 21, 2009, approached the DMA for transfer of kiosk to his relative Zaheer and the authority approved the case on October 30.
The court, however, observed that there was no application from Zaheer for transfer of kiosk to his name.
The judge remarked that the fact strengthened the common perception that “the director municipal administration Mansoor Ahemd Khan is partner of Khalid Malik.”
CDA counsel Nazir Jawwad admitted in the court that the kiosk was allotted to Khalid Malik in violation of rules.
He said that there are many other commercial properties which have been given without competitive process.
The newly appointed chairman has constituted a review committee to look into the allotments and lease agreements for taking appropriate action, he added.