ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry constituted a three-member special bench to hear the suo moto case on May 14 regarding the sale of state land on low price by Evacuee Trust Property, a Supreme Court statement said on Wednesday. The bench comprising of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jilani and. Justice Ghulam Rubbani will hear the case.
The court has also served notice to chairman (ETPB) to explain his position regarding the case. According to media reports, “the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) is all set to hand over 240 acres of state land in Karachi worth billions for a song to a private party after willingly losing a case in the Supreme Court.
The Apex Court has ordered ETPB to hand over the land to the successful petitioner at a rate of Rs. 3-5 lacs per acre while the going rate for property in the area is estimated at Rs. 50 million per acre.” The action was taken on a note of Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jilani, who read a news item published in daily “The News” dated 08-05-2009 with headline “Evacuee Trust unfazed over losing land worth billions”.
The news item revealed that under Supreme Court Order, public property worth billions is likely to be sold out at a price fixed by Sindh High Court in 1988 whereas in the meanwhile prices have escalated manifold.
It may be further mentioned that the said Case was heard by a two member Bench of Supreme Court at Branch Registry Karachi on 30-04-2009 and was disposed of. NNI