ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Punjab government to furnish revenue record in a state land grabbing case of district Kasur.

A two-member Supreme Court bench, comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, was hearing bail applications of 19 accused, including illegal occupants and an official of the revenue department. The bench ordered the officials to submit the revenue record of 1,200 kanals grabbed by close relatives of Amir Aqiq Manj, a former additional district collector (ADC), in the Ladhaykey area of Kasur.

Advocate Malik Abdul Qayyum, appearing on behalf of the former ADC, contended his client was not involved in the case. The court, after hearing the arguments, directed the authorities to furnish the revenue record within one week.

The court was informed that four other officials of the revenue department, Jalil Ahmed, Pervez Ahmed, Arif Ali, Shahbaz Ali and Salman Munawar Manj, were also involved in the land grabbing.

After hearing the initial arguments, the court directed the Punjab prosecutor general to submit a detailed reply along with the revenue record within a week.

Last month, the Lahore High Court cancelled the interim bail of Aqiq and other revenue officials involved in the land scam.

The case was adjourned until January 9, 2017.

Meanwhile, the same bench rejected a request for a stay order against the construction of a flyover near the Halla Naka area of Hyderabad.

Mushtaq Ahmed Mohel, the counsel for the petitioner, argued that the provincial government had started construction on his land which he had acquired on 99-year lease from the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. He contended that his client’s right had been infringed, requesting the apex court to set aside the Sindh High Court’s order.

Justice Afzal observed both the parties (the government and the petitioner) were claiming the ownership of the land, so it was the issue of demarcation of the land which had not been decided by the authorities concerned.

The bench issued notices to the parties, including the Sindh chief secretary, and adjourned the hearing for a week.