HYDERABAD: A subordinate court in Hyderabad gave on Monday a deadline of seven days to officials of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC) to remove encroachments and garbage from parts of Hyderabad. The order came on a complaint filed under Section 133 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) by the SHO of the Market police station, Munir Abbassi.
Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Junaid Faiz Memon warned the municipal commissioner and HMC anti-encroachment cell director that failure to comply will result in a stringent order.
In his plea, SHO Abbassi pointed out localities in the limits of his police station, including Liaquat University Hospital, where garbage and untreated solid waste from the hospital were being dumped in the open. He also identified several places where donkey carts, fruit carts, illegal stalls of vendors and vehicles of transport companies obstruct the roads.
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"... by this conditional order the respondents are directed to dispose of garbage and remove illegal obstructions over the public way," the order reads, giving the officials a week for compliance and submission of a report. "You are further directed to show cause within span of seven days as to why final order under CrPC 133 shall not be passed against you and in terms of failure final order in terms of Section 136 of CrPC."
Under the Section 136 of the CrPc, whose penalty is contained in Section 188, the court can order one-month jail term and Rs2,500 penalty to the officials. If convicted, the two officials, Shahid Ali Khan and Tauheed Ahmed, will also be dismissed from service.
The HMC, which consists of 96 union committees of the city and Latifabad talukas of Hyderabad, is headed by Mayor Syed Tayyab Hussain who belongs to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan. The corporation is engaged in a tussle over financial resources with the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government.
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