The offer by Bahria Town to pay Rs250 billion in order to avoid the legal proceedings for acquiring the illegal land in its Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Murree projects has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The offer was refused by the Supreme Court’s implementation board.
During the case hearing of the May 4th Supreme Court verdict against Bahria Town the bench made this decision. Under the earlier order Bahria Town Karachi is not allowed to construct or sell any plot in the housing project. The land granted to the Malir Development Authority is declared illegal.
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Justice Azmat Saeed while hearing Bahria Town’s offer to submit Rs200 billion said, If the fine money is increased by 40 per cent, it will amount to Rs300bn.” At this the Bahria Town counsel raised the offer to Rs250 billion.
Justice Saeed said, “This is not a suitable way to deal with the apex court. We may ask the National Accountability Bureau to file a reference.”
The counsel said, “Our mistake was not that big,” to which the judge replied, . “Mistake is supposed to be of one or two kanals, not of thousands of acres.”