The Peshawar University Teachers Association (Puta) on Friday filed contempt of court petition in Peshawar High Court against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister for violating the court order restraining him from using a major portion of the University of Peshawar (UoP)’s Botanical Garden for establishment of two private universities. The Puta filed the contempt of court petition against Chief Minister Pervez Khattak through Mohibullah Kakakhel, claiming that despite the court’s stay order the chief minister had ordered the relevant authorities to measure and separate the university land. On March 14, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) had issued a stay order against the chief minister’s decision to use a major portion of the University of Peshawar’s (UoP) Botanical Garden land for setting up two other universities in Azakhel, Nowshera district. The Puta said the additional deputy commissioner Nowshera, tehsildar and revenue staff of the district went there on the directives of the chief minister on April 30 and warned the security guards of the Botanical Garden and Centre of Biodiversity to stay away from the facilities. It said the officials told the security guards that they had come on the order of the chief minister to separate the land for various private sector universities. Officials had visited the property illegally for demarcation and thus committed contempt of court. Earlier, the Puta had filed a writ petition. The court then issued a stay order against handover of the Botanical Garden and sought written comments from the chief secretary and other respondents on the issue.
Source :The News.