Islamabad

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday directed chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) and director Municipal Administration to appear before the court on September 29 and explain why a contractor of cattle market established in sector I-11 is receiving extra amount from the cattle sellers.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah has restrained the contractor from receiving extra amount on the application of a cattle seller Zafar.

Justice Athar has directed CDA chairman and director municipal administration to explain if they have initiated any action against the cattle market contractor and if not, why a penalty might not be imposed upon them.

The petitioner cattle seller had maintained before the IHC that the contractor has been receiving Rs 120 per goat and Rs 200 per bull. He is receiving Rs 300,000 from the cattle sellers to settle camps with everyday charges as well. The petitioner had prayed to the court to direct civic body contractor to receive the ordinary price.

Earlier, the court had directed the director municipal administration to appear before the court who appeared before the court on Friday but could not satisfy the court. Upon this court issued the above said orders and put off hearing till September 29 for further proceedings.

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, the same IHC bench directed the federal government to form a five-member commission to investigate the matter why Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) did not include Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU) and Shifa Medical College (SMC) in schedule 1. Justice Athar Minallah also directed the government to constitute the commission, which would be headed by Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez.

The petitioners STMU and SMC moved the court through their counsel Raja Saim-ul-Haq Satti Advocate who contended before the court that the act of STMU and SMC was approved by the parliament. The counsel told the court that STMU and SMC had applied for schedule 1 before the PM&DC through an application but the PM&DC did not accede to the request and at the moment more than 200 students were studying at SMC that is an allied institution of STMU.

During the preliminary hearing, the IHC bench had issued notices to the secretary national health regulations & services and registrar PM&DC.

On Friday, the counsel for the petitioner informed the court that PM&DC had constituted a team to evaluate the structure of the institution. The inquiry team had awarded 820 marks out of 850 to the petitioner but despite the fact the institution was not included in schedule 1. He continued that SMC is an allied institution of STMU and not awarding it the status of schedule 1 is discriminatory.

The IHC bench directed federal government to constitute a five members bench that would investigate why the university was not awarded schedule 1 from November 2012 till February 2014 and why the notification was not issued. The IHC bench has also directed the federal government to direct the commission for fixing responsibility.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing in this matter till September 30.

 for further proceedings.