ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued fresh notices to Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, chief secretary of Punjab and Station House officer (SHO) of the Civil Lines Police Station in response to the damages suit worth Rs10 billion filed by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan issued fresh notices to the respondents and postponed the hearing till a later date which is to be announced by the court’s office.
Last year in November, Nadra filed a civil suit against the respondents and the court issued notices to them, however during the hearing on Wednesday only the respondents from Rawalpindi appeared before the court.
During the course of the hearing, Nadra’s lawyer Usman Kazim maintained that Nisar had “seriously damaged the reputation of the organisation through false allegations”.
Nadra’s side of the story
According to the lawsuit, Nadra maintains that in February, the management of the housing scheme requested the authority to establish mobile registration vehicles (MRVs) for the registration of their employees in Rawalpindi, and Nadra established three of these MRVs on their request.
Nadra also alleged that while some of their officials worked in Bahria Town in March, their MRVs were attacked by people and they were arrested by police on the behest of Nisar.
The plaintiff further maintained that during a period of one month, as many as 3,904 applications were received by Nadra while making CNICs in the locality.
On March 8, however, a legal notice was served to Nadra Chairman Arshad Ali Hakeem stating that this was illegal practice and Nadra officials “at the behest of certain elements” were issuing fake identity cards in NA-52.
“This allegation has damaged the reputation of NADRA,’’ the plaintiff’s lawyer maintained. The suit also stated that Nisar’s charges maligned the reputation of the organisation without any evidence.