LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Monday rejected the application moved by the Punjab government for transferring the hearing of 87 assistant district public prosecutors case to another LHC judge. These ADPPs were appointed by former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on one-year contract but the Punjab government had terminated their services. Rejecting the application, the LHC CJ said that the concerned court would hear the matter as the judge would not be changed at the last stage of the case, when the hearing had been completed and the decision on the matter had also been reserved by the judge. The Punjab government through the secretary prosecution Punjab filed the application that Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan who was hearing the matter was not doing his job in good way being a junior judge and instead of him some senior judge should hear the matter. Justice Khalid Mehmood on Wednesday last reserved his verdict on a petition filed by 87 assistant district public prosecutors seeking regularisation of their services and it seemed the court will give relief to the sacked prosecutors, the petitioner said. The petitioner submitted that former CM Punjab Pervaiz Elahi had appointed 750 assistant district public prosecutors on a one-year contract but the present government terminated them. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry issued notices to the Federal and Punjab governments in 124 Haj applications against non-processing of their applications. Almost 124 citizens filed the identical applications, alleging that their applications had not been entertained or processed by the Haj directors and other 135 applicants were entertained unlawfully by the Ministry of Religions Affairs and the Haj directors. The applicants prayed the court that they should be made party as well in the case/petition and the ministry concerned may be issued directives to process their applications because they met the requirement for the pilgrimage, 2011. The chief justice issued notices to the respondent party, the ministry and Haj directors, for August 15 after hearing arguments of petitioners counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate. He submitted that Haj directors were not processing the applications on merit and undue favours were being given to Haj operators, due to which the deserving persons had been deprived of performing Haj this year. On Monday, the law officer on behalf of Ministry of Religious Affairs appearing before the court sought further time to submit reply in the petition Sajjad Qasem, chief executive of a private Haj company, through Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate had filed the petition that the ministrys officials were denying Haj opportunity to the persons booked by him as private Haj organiser just to accommodate their favorites. The petitioner counsel said the companys directors, in collusion with Haj director Malik Saeed, had opened fake bank accounts and got fake signatures on Haj forms to accommodate their favorite applicants. He said the company directors had sent a list of new 135 persons to the Ministry for approval. The petitioner requested the court to order inquiry into the matter and issue directions to the federal government to remove corrupt officials from the ministry. In another case, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court on Monday granted time till August 15 to law officers of the Federal and Punjab governments to submit reply on a petition against hoarding, black marketing and price hike of food items. The federal and provincial law officers appearing before the court sought time for the submission of reply which the court accepted. The court adjourned hearing by August 15. The petition filed by Judicial Activism Panel through its Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique against federal and provincial governments stating that government had failed to control hoarding of food items which was causing price hike in the country and making life of common man miserable. The petitioner submitted that wheat, sugar, maize, fruits, vegetables and other food items were included among basic amenities of the citizens and its fair supply to the citizens was guaranteed under Article 9 of the constitution and the same was not being done and followed by the government.