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Bank sealed in Kohat over rent dispute

Bank sealed in Kohat over rent dispute

KOHAT: The Kohat Cantonment Board (KCB) on Monday sealed a bank over a dispute on payment of rent.

However, a bank official told Dawn on condition of anonymity that they had been regularly paying the rent to the real owner of the building for the last six months, but the KCB authorities forcibly closed down the bank.

The official said that the real owner had also obtained a stay order from the Peshawar High Court on June 13, but the KCB officials violated the court order and forced the bank staff to vacate the office, leaving the transactions incomplete.

The bank officer said that they showed the court stay order to the officials of KCB, but they didn’t listen and instead claimed that they had received orders from the GHQ to get the building vacated.

The official said that KCB team asked for payment of Rs2.1 million as rent for installing ATM machine in the veranda of the building, which they claimed, was the property of KCB.

The official said the cantonment board had also approached them on last Friday and asked to vacate the building within three days. It is to be recalled that the KCB has also sealed another bank adjacent to the freshly closed down bank over rent issues.

Advocate Masood ur Rehman, who is representing the building owner in the court against the KCB, told Dawn on contact that the cantonment authorities had no right to close down the bank since they had a legal case running in the Peshawar High Court with the property owner.

He said that the KCB should deal with the property owner and not punish the bank which had been paying rent regularly.

Published in Dawn, June 16th, 2015

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