LHC seeks views of RECHS victims on Bahria Town
Rawalpindi / Islamabad (August 2, 2012) – Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan and Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, Thursday asked the Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Society (RECHS)’s affectees to inform the court whether they would accept the Bahria Town’s offer for compensation of their lost plots at some alternate locations or wanted to proceed against the private housing scheme.
The affectees has been contesting their case before the LHC for compensation after an LHC bench on June 21 declared the merger of RECHS’ 2,882 kanals with the Bahria Town as illegal. After RECHS’ merger of the land with Bahria Town’s in 2005, Bahria Town had sold the above said land to the Defence Housing Authority (DHA). But the LHC bench in its June 21 judgement directed the Bahria Town to compensate the affectees as the merger was illegal under the law. The LHC had also directed the anti-corruption establishment to proceed against the officials who played their part in this merger in 2005.
During Thursday’s proceeding, counsel for Bahria Town Zahid Hussain Bokhari told the court that Bahria Town is ready to compensate the affectees with developed plots at DHA phase-I extension or in overseas enclave at Bahria Town phase VIII. He also offered the affectees to get compensation of their land in accordance with the already settled formula.
The counsel told the affectees to accept the offer or be ready for decades’ long litigation for the settlement of the issue in the courts. Counsel for Bahria Town argued that the affectees could not retrieve their original plots as the DHA had established its offices and other infra-structure on the land of RECHS and in order to get rid of eight years old litigation, they should accept the offer.
Counsel for the affectees Raja Mohammad Bashir advocate, however, rejected the offer and told the court that the Bahria Town management already extended such offers to the petitioners when they acquired the land after the alleged unlawful merger. The court, however, advised the affectees to consider the Bahria Town offer. The bench adjourned the matter till August 13.