Despite the Islamabad High Court scrapping the government’s revised policy of granting land in the federal capital on subsidised prices to pinnacle judges, lawyers and bureaucrats, the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) has presented membership to IHC judges for the allotment of plots in Sectors F-14 and F-15 of Islamabad underneath the quota reserved for the participants of advanced judiciary.
A 3-judge unique bench of the Supreme Court, led with the aid of Justice Munib Akhtar and comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Ayesha Malik, turned into hearing the petitions filed by means of the FGEHA and others against the IHC judgment.
Interestingly, the bench has but to droop the IHC ruling.
The hearing of case has been adjourned until the cease of the summer time vacation.Even even though the problem is sub judice, the FGEHA wrote a letter to the IHC registrar closing month wherein it become “asked that registration forms in recognize of the Honourable Justices of [the] Islamabad High Court can also kindly be submitted on line at your comfort. The registration bureaucracy are to be had at the website of FGEHA.”
The letter stated that the allotment and quota coverage for the scheme become authorised with the aid of the government committee of the erstwhile FGEHF [Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation] in its 142nd meeting.
It added that the contributors of the superior judiciary i.E. The SC, all high courts, which includes the ones of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as Federal Shariat Court had been observed to be eligible for the allotment of plots inside the scheme.
“In this connection, programs for registration have been received from diverse worthy contributors of [the] superior judiciary, which were processed for allotments in Sectors F-14/15 [of] Islamabad. The aforementioned policy also entitles the Honourable Justices of the Islamabad High Court for registration,” the letter persisted.
It further stated that the FGEHA had, but, received handiest applications for registration from the judges of the IHC.The letter additionally study that the FGEHA became mandated underneath the law to cater for the housing wishes of federal authorities employees and other exact groups.
“For the said motive, Phase-VII housing scheme i.E. Sectors F-14/15 Islamabad changed into launched and a club Drive II turned into initiated,” it introduced.
In July 2021, the IHC registrar had knowledgeable the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) that no sitting choose of the excessive courtroom had carried out for the allotment of a government plot.
Earlier, the IHC declared that superior courtroom judges were not entitled to receive plots in a scheme released by using the FGEHA because no such privilege or entitlement were blanketed inside the presidential orders.
“A character preserving the workplace of a choose, whether or not within the Supreme Court, excessive court docket or even district courtroom, enjoys a totally exalted repute. The expectation of the humans from them is a whole lot more than from every other workplace holder. They are not federal authorities employees, nor personnel of independent bodies. They can not put themselves in a function of antagonistic nature against the citizens. They keep an exalted workplace to serve the human beings,” read a sixty four-page judgment authored by means of then IHC leader justice Athar Minallah.
“The FGEHA and the federal government, by way of including the 3 categories as precise groups, have relegated them to the repute of contributors for claiming benefits as in step with the decisions of the Executive Board. They had been dealt with as registered individuals of Membership Drive-II. The registered participants of Membership Drive-I are at loggerheads and litigating for his or her rights and, resultantly, judges have additionally turn out to be a celebration to the litigation. The exceptional remedy extended to the Supreme Court, Islamabad High Court and the District Courts of Islamabad as distinct companies in itself raises questions,” the verdict examine, scrapping the authorities’s revised policy at the allotment of plots inside the federal capital.