Supreme Court on Tuesday sought approved site plan and land documents of Imran Khan’s mansion in Bani Gala from Capital Development Authority and the relevant union council.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo moto notice regarding illegal constructions in Bani Gala.

The court also stopped all housing societies in the surroundings of Bani Gala from operating without the approval of concerned authorities and the environmental agencies. The court maintained ban on new connections of gas and electricity in Bani Gala.

The chief justice enquired whether Khan had constructed his residence after getting permission from the relevant authorities. Babar Awan, counsel of Imran Khan, contended that there were three types of constructions in Bani Gala, saying that private owners were allowed to use their properties according to their will.

The chief justice said that everyone had to follow building regulations. If need be, then they would order to verify whether the permission was granted to them for construction of houses, he added.

Babar argued that the CDA could not interfere in private buildings. Islamabad Municipal Corporation (MCI) has 50 union councils, he said, adding that 33 union councils are in rural and 17 are in urban. He, however, said that buildings in the surrounding area of Rawal Dam were illegal.

Additional Attorney General said that Babar was not cooperating with authorities regarding illegal constructions and encroachments in Bani Gala. He said that during the last hearing, the court had directed the CDA to give recommendations after holding meeting with all the stakeholders.

The AAG requested the court to pass order to stop all sort of construction in Bani Gala and proposed that the authorities be stopped from issuing NOCs for gas and electricity connections.

Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Tariq Fazal Chaudhry requested that the camps of volunteers be set up around Rawal Lake to monitor that polluted water is not mixed with the lake water, which is supplied to residents of Rawalpindi. The chief justice said that it was a matter of human rights.

The chief justice said that they liked to see whether hotels could be established in the surrounding of Rawal Dam. The chief justice said that the CDA except filing report did nothing.

Meanwhile, Additional Advocate General Punjab Razzak A Mirza submitted report on illegal constructions in Murree. He said that notices had been issued to owners of 140 illegal buildings, adding that out of these, 84 were commercial and 56 were residential buildings.

The AAG Punjab informed the court that according to the rules, buildings up to 30 feet height were allowed. The chief justice enquired that when these rules were prepared and who approved the same? Mirza replied that the rules were prepared in 2005. The chief justice remarked that beautiful hill station had been destroyed as 8-storey buildings had been constructed there.

The AAG Punjab said that in the past, 27 buildings, which were constructed in violation of the rules, were demolished. The chief justice enquired when these buildings were constructed and why did not the authorities take action. He said that the buildings might have been constructed by influence and monetary benefits.

The chief justice sought the list of officers who had granted such permission in the past. He said that 88 owners of those illegal buildings had appeared before the authorities. The chief justice enquired about the people who had not approached the courts yet, adding that they should be apprised through advertisement and if they did not come, their buildings should be demolished. The chief justice noted that if anyone had objection to the report, they could approach the court.

The chief justice then enquired whether illegal kiosks and shops could be built in Murree. The deputy commissioner should issue public notice regarding this and advertisement should be issued by the local administration as well, he directed.

After the public notice, the affected people could approach the deputy commissioner, the chief justice said, adding that the DC should also find out who were the owners of these shops or kiosks.

The case was later adjourned until Monday.