KARACHI: The Sindh Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) is probing against over 10 illegal high-rises in Hyderabad whose owners were not allowed to build additional floors by the Sindh Building Control Authority.

Earlier approval was granted for construction of additional floors but following the Sindh High Court orders it was suspended. However, so far no practical action has been taken against the builders or their properties.

According to official documents accessed by The News, the Sindh Building Control Authority, Hyderabad region approved construction of some high-rises by influential builders and then allowed the builders to build additional four to six floors upon the same structure under a mysterious ‘amnesty for regularisation of existing buildings’.

Documents further revealed that the same ‘amnesty’ was declared illegal by the Sindh High Court and following the court order the SBCA Hyderabad authorities suspended approval of same buildings only on paper to save their skin from any possible action by the department or an investigating agency. The building owners also faced no action.

Due to this attitude of the SBCA authorities, the builders started booking further orders for construction of additional floors without showing the buyers the real picture.