The Lahore High Court on Wednesday set aside a Lahore Development Authority notification cancelling the allotment of several residents of Model Town Extension.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, disposing of petitions by these residents, directed the LDA’s director for land development to hear the petitioners on May 14 and decide their cases in accordance with the law through a “speaking order” detailing how the decision was reached.
At the last hearing, the court had restrained the LDA from taking any coercive action against the petitioners, who had challenged the cancellation of their allotments by the LDA.
The petitioners said that they had purchased their plots in Model Town Extension and built houses on them legally, but the LDA cancelled their ownership after the National Accountability Bureau conducted an inquiry that concluded that LDA officers had committed irregularities in the allotment of plots.
They said that the LDA orders were illegal because they were not heard at any stage and asked the court to stop it from demolishing their houses.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2011.