ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court said on Thursday that it would examine the State Minister for Ministry of Housing and Works Malik Nauman Langrial in allegedly forcing the officials of the estate office to issue unauthorised allotment letter.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry directed the minister to personally appear before the court and clear his position about ordering allotment of a quarter at G-6/2 sector to an employee of Higher Education Commission instead of the original allottee, an official of Federal Bureau of Revenue FBR, despite the fact the matter was pending before the apex court.

The court also directed Faisal Butt an employee of HEC to appear also and explain how he got allotment of the quarter in his name and adjourned the hearing till March 20.

Additional Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works Amina Imran Khan informed the bench that Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) Nazir Ahmed who issued the allotment letter had been suspended and a show cause notice had been issued to him for disciplinary action.

The AEO had also informed the bench that he was forced by Ayub Jan, Estate Officer Enforcement, as front man of the minister forced him to issue the allocation letter as the written directions of the minister were also attached with the file.

During the course of hearing, the District and Sessions Judge Islamabad West Division the bench submitted a report that as many as 720 cases pertaining to the disputes over allotments and possession of the residential houses in the federal capital pending.

The bench directed the DSJ to depute one judicial officer to hear all the case related to the estate office and dispose them off as soon as possible.

The secretary said there were 185 cases where the residences had been trespassed and the occupiers had obtained stay orders from the courts.

She further said there were about 18,000 housing units in Islamabad owned by the government for public servants but could not satisfy the bench that how many had been rented out or given to the actual allottees.

The chief justice directed her to carry out a detail survey about the occupancy of the government houses and the status of the actual allotted persons and submit the report within 20 days.