A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar during a suo motu hearing of a case pertaining to the lease of railways land at SC’s Lahore Registry, banned the construction of housing societies on railways land and dissolved the Royal Palm Country & Golf Club’s administration.
The bench appointed Ferguson Chartered Company as the new administration and directed it to immediately seize all records. “Royal Palm Country & Golf Club’s old administration will not enter the club premises and all programmes and activities will run as per routine” SC said.
CJP remarked, “We are imposing a ban on an over 3-year lease of railways’ agricultural land and the construction of housing societies on railways land.” Directing Ramzan Sheikh and his management he said “Till the forensic audit is complete, the club will neither remain with the railways nor with Ramzan Sheikh.” “Royal Palm’s contract has been flawed since day one – billions were looted after joining hands with the railways to obtain the land. This is railways land and we will not let anyone keep it. Royal Palm owners are so influential that half the country listens to them,” Justice Nisar added.
At this, the chief justice said, “Now, additional railways land will not be leased for an over three-year period. If the additional land is given to provinces then they will also sell it. We will let the railways land be with the railways and if provinces have reservations then they should file petitions in accordance with the law.”
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17 August, 2019