ISLAMABAD – Expressing dissatisfaction over the CDA for not taking effective action against the Agro Farms owners regarding the misuse of farms land, the Supreme Court Tuesday directed it’s chief to take personal interest in the matter.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry questioned why were the allotees allowed to secure 10,000 feet construction on the agriculture farms land since 2004 without any justification, while they permitted 2,500 secured feet construction on farmland.

The court directed CDA chairman to take action against the allotees, who are violating the contract and using the agriculture farms land for commercial purposes, without discrimination.

When the bench was told that that the decision in this regard was taken by former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, the chief justice observed that the country could not run on the individual’s decisions. The bench observed that CDA was reluctant to take action against the influential allotees, who had constructed three-storey buildings on the public land.

Justice Azmat Saeed also said that if the court would examine the capital’s master plan then Adiala Jail would be filled by CDA officials; as the CDA had become worst development authority of the country. He said it seemed that there was no state writ in the capital.

“What is your problem because you have sufficient power to proceed against farm owners, who are misusing the land and why you people are so weak,” the CJ asked from the counsel for CDA Munir Ahmad Paracha. The CJ also said that it was not fair that CDA take action against poor people but influential persons were being spared.

During the hearing, the court was informed that 10 farms land had been retrieved and 82 show cause notices were issued to the allotees regarding the cancellation of their lease.

A farm owner Khushnood Ali Khan told the bench that CDA in its contract had promised to provide subsidized electricity but IESCO was taking domestic charges. He also informed that CDA also did not supply water to them, therefore, they could not use land for agriculture purposes. He told the bench that agriculture farms were still being used on commercial purposes.

Likewise, a CDA officer also confessed that few days ago, a farm was being used for marriage but he was not confirm about the actual deal between allotee and host of wedding ceremony.

The court was surprised to know, when Khushnood stated that residential houses in the capital were being used for commercial purposes and CDA was helpless in this regard.

On the other hand, Munir Paracha contended before the bench that when CDA took action against the responsible persons then they got stay order from Islamabad High Court. He said that IHC had issued several stay orders over the guesthouses owners’ petitions.

The hearing of the case is adjourned for three weeks.