LAHORE - The Punjab government Thursday assured the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the police would not conduct raids on marriage ceremonies or banquet halls without seeking prior permission from the magistrate concerned. Representing the government, Acting Advocate General Punjab Hanif Khatana further assured the court that law relating to one-dish policy in marriage ceremonies would not be misused by the police and it would take action according to Section 155 of CrPC in such cases. A notified officer will be authorised to conduct raids on marriage halls or ceremonies, if violation of one-dish law is found, following permission of the magistrate concerned. Section 155 says: When information is given to an officer in charge of a police station of the commission within the limits of such station of a non-cognisable offence, he shall enter or cause to be entered the substance of the information in a book to be kept by such officer in such form as the State Government may prescribe in this behalf, and refer, the informant to the Magistrate. No police officer shall investigate a non-cognisable case without the order of a magistrate having power to try such case or commit the case for trial. After the assurance of the government, Justice Hamid Ali Shah disposed of two petitions filed by owners of banquet halls in Gulshan-e-Ravi. Petitioners Javed Nasir and Mian Muhammad Tariq sought directions for the police to stop conducting raids on marriage halls and arresting their owners for violating one dish law because prior permission from the court was not being taken. They said the Punjab Family Functions Ordinance 2006 was promulgated to prohibit ostentatious display and wasteful expenses. They pointed out that Section 7(1) of the Ordinance clearly said that offence under this law would be non-cognisable and the police or any agency required courts prior permission to register a case and start investigation. They said the superior courts had also laid down the principle in numerous judgments. The petitioners also mentioned in the petition that police and Chief Minister Complaint Cell and district authorities had arrested various people for violation of one dish law that was sheer violation of the Constitution. They said to enjoy the protection of law and to be treated in accordance with law was the inalienable right of every citizen as enshrined in the article 4 of the Constitution. Citizens cannot be deprived of such protection, they contended. They prayed that the raids being conducted by police and arrests made might be declared ultra vires to the Constitution and direct the Punjab government to enforce laws in letter and spirit. They further prayed to quash the FIRs registered against marriage halls owners at the Gulshan-e-Ravi Police Station. For the quashment of cases the judges asked the petitioners to file applications under section 265-K (application for acquittal) before the appropriate court of law.