LHC Stays Lease Of Forest Land
THE Lahore High Court on Thursday stayed the process of leasing out forest land to close relatives of PML-N MPA Maulana Ilyas Chinioti and sought report from Punjab government for July 22 on transfer of DCO Chiniot who had turned out MPA’s ‘illegal’ demands.
Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed this order on the petitions of Faizul Hassan advocate and Ghulam Abbas Niswana who had challenged appointment of new DCO Irshad Ahamd in place of Rana Tahir and leasing of land to MPA’s relatives.
The petitioners said former DCO Rana Tahir on the complaints of citizens had launched an operation against land mafia and wiped out them from the city. Later local MPA Maulana Ilyas Chinioti asked him to lease out forest land to his relatives but the DCO declined the same. MPA moved a privilege motion in the Punjab Assembly and as a result of that motion the DCO was transferred and Irshad Ahmad was appointed as a new DCO.
The petitioners said Irshad Ahmad was working as deputy director of Anti-Corruption Establishment in BS-18 while post of DCO is for an officer of BS-19.
The petitioners said the new DCO had initiated process of leasing out land to MPA’s relatives. They prayed that appointment of the new DCO and leasing of the land be cancelled.