ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Punjab Rangers to vacate the occupied land of Agriculture Research Institute in Rahim Yar Khan within 60 days. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was told that Secretary Agriculture and District Coordination Officer (DCO) had stated that no permission was granted to the Rangers and they occupied the land of Agriculture Research Institute illegally. The Chief Justice asked the Rangers Superintending Major, Fakhar, why the land of research institute was occupied illegally to halt the research work, adding, We have also deployed Rangers outside the Court but it does not mean they will occupy the judges chambers tomorrow. Major Fakhar replied that there was no illegal occupation of the land. To which Justice Ramday said, You are disciplined force. Why did you occupy the land? Tell us the provision under which law you have occupied the institute. He added, You are guardian of the law but, unfortunately, you have committed an offence by grabbing the land unlawfully. Responding Justice Ramdays query, Major Fakhar said that he had no legal ground to defend the occupation. He said that rangers were not part of the Armed Forces and he himself serving as a Superintending Major in the department. Ramday remarked, This is the very core reason behind this mess because you are not part of disciplined Armed Forces. The Chief Justice told the Rangers officials to refrain from such illegal practices and vacate the land. The Rangers official pleaded before the Court that sometime should be given to them so that they could move the force to some other destination. Adjourning the case till 7th of September, the Court ordered the Rangers to vacate the Agriculture Research Institutes land within two months and report the Registrar Office.