KARACHI, March 22: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday again directed the City District Government Karachi and Regional Transport Authority to file comments as to why outdated vehicles were being re-registered and bus stops not assigned for public transport under the law.
A division bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, was seized with the hearing of a petition against plying of smokeemitting and outdated public vehicles in the city.
Petitioner Mohammad Ramzan Khan stated that old public buses were continuously plying in the city creating environmental hazard and noise pollution.The court earlier also had directed the RTA and the CDGK to file comments as to why bus stops had not been assigned under the law and to show cause as to why outdated vehicles were being re-registered and route permits were being issued for plying such vehicles.
On Tuesday, the bench observed that comment had not been filed by the CDGK and Motor Vehicle Registration Authority.
The court also issued notices to the president and secretary of the Sindh High Court Bar Association to assist the court on the issue as it pertained to the public interest.
SHC employees case A division bench put off the hearing of a petition filed by the SHC employees seeking enhancement of judicial and utility allowance as being availed by employees of other high courts of the country.
A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, adjourned the matter to March 30 after the provincial chief law officer submitted that an appeal against the order for payment of the judicial allowance at an enhanced rate had been filed by the provincial government in the Supreme Court.
He stated that the counsel for the petitioners, Advocate Anwar Mansoor Khan, had categorically stated before the apex court that his clients would not file any application complaining non-compliance of the SHC court’s order regarding the payment of judicial allowance.
The SHC had directed the provincial government to provide certain facilities to the judges and the staff of the high court.
Petitioners Mohammad Nusrat Ali, Atiq Ahmed, Raheel and Abdul Waheed, employees of the SHC, complained of discrimination and unequal treatment. They submitted that the working and functions of the staff members of the three high courts namely Lahore High Court, Peshawar High Court and High Court of Sindh were similar in nature, hence the staff members of the SHC in B1 to B-16 were also entitled to the concession of allowance at the enhanced rates as given to the staff members of the LHC.
However, they said, inaction on the part of the respondents to grant the above facility of judicial and utility allowances at the enhanced rates to the employees of SHC in B-1 to B-16 as granted to the employees of the LHC was unconstitutional, arbitrary, discriminatory and without lawful authority.