IHC adjourns CDA chairman appointment case hearing for indefinite period



ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday adjourned a plea moved by Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz, against his removal from the post of Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman, for an indefinite period of time.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, adjourned the hearing on the request of Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Abdul Khalid Thind.

The DAG informed the court that three new petitions regarding the appointment of CDA chairman had been filed. On this, the bench directed the office to club all identical petitions and fix the matter for hearing.

On December 29, the IHC single bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah nullified two notifications dated September 6, 2016, through which Sheikh was first appointed as an ex-officio member of the CDA board and then as part-time chairman of the CDA.

The IHC single bench said in its verdict that the notifications were issued in violation of provisions of the CDA ordinance and were, therefore, declared as illegal, without lawful authority and jurisdiction. Subsequently, the mayor filed an intra-court appeal (ICA) in the IHC challenging the single judge bench decision.