Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar during Tuesday’s proceeding of Katas Raj case barred lower courts from hearing any petitions regarding the ongoing case.
“Subordinate courts are not authorized to hear any case that is being heard in the Supreme Court,” he declared. “I’m instructing all civil judges [not to admit any case regarding the temple]. We are only issuing a verbal order right now.”
Last month, the SC had taken suo moto notice of the Katas Raj case — which is being heard by a three-member bench headed by the CJP — on the basis of media reports that the temple complex pond was drying up because cement factories nearby were drawing a large amount of water through a number of sub-soil wells, severely reducing the water table in the general area.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Justice Nisar took the cement factories in the area to a task, terming them “destructive”, and demanded to know the names of the factories that are located near the temple. Punjab government’s counsel told the court that Best Way Cement Factory Chakwal, Ghareeb Wall Factory, and DG Khan Cement were among the factories near the temple.