ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday issued notices to Capital Development Authority (CDA) in a petition of cattle sellers against shifting of cattle market and imposition of levy tax.

After issuing notices, a single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah directed the CDA to submit before the court notification regarding re-location of animal market from sector I-11 to I-12/2 and also the notification regarding levy of tax on the sale of sacrificial animals. Justice Athar also directed the civic body to submit these details today (Friday) when the court will resume the hearing of the case once again.

In this matter, the cattle sellers have approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against shifting of cattle market and imposition of levy tax. Khizar Hayat and others moved the court through their counsel Muhammad Wasim Abbasi and nominated Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Director Municipal Administration CDA and others as respondents.

The petitioner adopted in the petitioner that in its interim order, the court had already declared the imposition of levy tax as illegal. The petitioner maintained in their petition that the contractor has been receiving Rs250 per goat and Rs500 per bull from them. They added that Punjab government has already removed all taxes on the selling and purchase of animals.

They also stated that the administration has shifted cattle market from I-11 to I-12 and they were being stopped to bring their animals in this market. Therefore, they prayed to the court that it may issue directions to end levy tax and stop shifting of cattle market from I-11 to I-12.