IHC stops Centaurus from collecting car-parking fee

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday restrained the management of the Centaurus Tower from collecting car-parking fee from visitors. 

The single-member IHC bench comprising of Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi resumed hearing of a plea filed by Syed Khawer Ameer.

During the course of hearing, petitioner’s counsel Dr Babar Awan apprised the bench that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was a public civic agency generating revenue from the public at large. “The authority is also the custodian of numerous properties owned by the state within the Islamabad Capital Territory,” he added.

He said that the Centaurus management was running a commercial tower, which comprises of a mega mall, apartments and pent houses, corporate offices and a hotel, situated at F8 near Faisal Avenue. He said that the tower management and the CDA was using the expensive piece of land adjacent to the original allotted plot illegally.

He said that the management of Centaurus was charging visitors for parking their vehicles despite the fact that vehicles were being parked on the plot, which was not allotted to it.

“The respondent, without paying any charges to the state treasury, has also erected barriers on the parking plot,” he added.

He submitted before the bench that under the constitution, any levy of tax could not be charged without the authority of parliament, whereas respondents were continuously charging visitors, resulting into loss to the national exchequer, and in violation of rights of citizens.

It is noted that the Centaurus is collecting Rs 200 as car fee from each visitor for parking their vehicles. app

Courtesy:  Daily Times

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