‘Govt approval a should on the market’



The Supreme Courtroom has held that the no evacuee property could possibly be bought with out getting the approval of the federal authorities and no federal minister may approve the sale of an evacuee property both on his discretion or on the premise of rest of guidelines.

A division bench of the apex courtroom led by Justice Ijazul Ahsan upheld a Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) ruling concerning the cancellation of the sale of Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) properties to non-public people in Rawalpindi.

The bench heard the case of property belonging to the ETPB in Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi and determined the case in favour of the ETPB. After listening to each side, the bench dismissed the attraction of personal appellants together with different purposes.

The property was bought in 1992, following the approval given by then social welfare federal minister in 1977. It was bought by an ETPB official on the letter of the deputy secretary of the ministry, in response to the case papers.

Justice Ahsan authored the 17-page judgment, which held that there was no provision within the legislation governing the ETPB, the related guidelines or the 1977 Scheme, which allowed a federal minister to approve the sale of evacuee land both on his discretion or in rest of guidelines.

In response to the judgment, the federal authorities may accord the approval for a sale in favour of the appellants solely after the board deliberated on the matter and handed a decision for the sale of the go well with property.

It mentioned that within the absence of an applicable utility earlier than the competent authority and with out it being processed within the departmental hierarchy, in response to the legislation and guidelines, all the superstructure of the transaction which culminated within the sale deed was based mostly on an incompetent and illegal train.

Due to this fact, the judgment continued, any and all actions taken on the premise of the memorandum dated March 22, 1977 have been illegal and inconsequential on the rights of the ETPB/federal authorities insofar, so far as the possession of the go well with property was involved.

The courtroom mentioned that the minister had no energy or authority on behalf of the federal authorities, and authorised the sale of the go well with property, particularly within the absence of a decision handed by the ETPB’s board looking for permission on the market of the go well with property in favour of the appellants.

The courtroom mentioned that when the involved federal minister accorded approval on the market of the go well with property, whereas he was not authorised to take action by the competent legislature, his actions couldn’t be thought of as govt actions by way of Article 173 of the Structure.

There was additionally nothing on the document to counsel that the involved minister had ever directed the ETPB’s board to deliberate on the matter and move a decision, regarding the sale of the go well with property to the appellants, the courtroom added.

“If there was by no means any decision, then there was by no means any sanction of the sale 19 both. If there was by no means any sanction, then there may have been no approval from the Federal Authorities on the market of the go well with property,” it mentioned.

The apex courtroom mentioned that the excessive courtroom had rightly concluded that being bereft of its govt nature; the sale deed had been obtained with out the approval of the federal authorities and was, subsequently, unlawful and void ab-initio.

In essence, the bench noticed, “so as to promote or get rid of land managed by the ETPB, a decision must be handed by the ETPB’s Board which is then authorised by the federal authorities”, including: “As soon as approval has been accorded by the Federal Authorities, an officer is designated and approved by the Chairman by way of Part 12(2) of the ETPB Act who shall then perform the sale or disposal of the land/property in query within the phrases laid down by the federal government-sanctioned board decision.”


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