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SC stops CDA from demolishing chambers of lawyers in Islamabad

SC stops CDA from demolishing chambers of lawyers in Islamabad
February 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) has stopped the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from demolishing the illegal chambers of lawyers in Islamabad’s F-8 till March 2.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the appeal against demolition of the illegal chambers of lawyers. During the hearing, many lawyers gathered at the rostrum and the top judge directed them to leave the court. “The court won’t be pressured by anyone,” Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked.

"If a lawyer wants to practice then he/she will have to make their own offices, said the judge. "Lawyers aren’t supposed to encroach on public land. The bar association does not have the right to lease out chambers to lawyers," he added.

The court has issued notices to the attorney-general and advocate-general.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that three-story chambers were built on a football ground. Justice Mazahar Naqvi said five-acre land has separately been allotted for lawyers’ chambers. The hearing was adjourned. 

On February 16, the Islamabad High Court ruled that the illegal chambers of lawyers built on a playground in Sector F-8 should be demolished.