The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for action against the owner of a private housing society in a tree-chopping case under the Martial Law Regulations.

The CDA’s Environment Directorate filed a case with the IHC challenging the ADSJ’s ruling granted bail to Chaudhry Mohammad Usman, the owner of the Ghauri Town housing society.

Last week, ADSJ Awais Mohammad Khan suspended the judgment of CDA’s senior special magistrate, who had condemned Ghauri Town CEO Usman to three years in prison and fined him Rs1.5 billion for chopping down trees in Sector 8 of the community.

Chairman of the CDA, Amer Ali Ahmed, paid surprise visits to several locations to check ongoing projects and discovered the three field officers to be guilty. Mohammad Altaf Milono, horticultural officer Mohammad Asif, and sanitation inspector Mohammad Bashir were identified as the suspects.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate launched an anti-encroachment operation in Margalla Hills’ Chontra area on Monday.

 The Enforcement Directorate demolished 40 unlawful rooms and other constructions, noting that the Margalla Hills are a source of natural beauty, and the CDA is working to improve the natural environment in addition to cracking down on encroachment.