LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court Tuesday admitted for hearing an appeal against acquittal of 20 accused in the Sialkot Jail police shootout case and issued notices to the accused for August 17. Ghulam Abbas Bokhari, father of civil judge Sheharyar Bukhari who was killed in Sialkot Jail shootout, filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court against acquittal of the police and jail officials whose negligence resulted in killing of the judges in police blind shootout in the jail. In the mishap, five prisoners of the Sialkot Jail made four judges and district and session judge Sialkot hostage during a routine jail inspection on July 25, 2003. Later, police stormed the prison to free the hostage judges. The four judges and the five prisoners were killed in the ensuing shootout. The victim civil judges were Sheh-aryar Bokhari, Asif Mumtaz Cheema, Safdar Ahmed and Shahid Munir Raja. Later, Anti-Terrorist Court Sialkot conducted trial of 23 accused of killing in the shootout including then DPO Sialkot Malik Iqbal and Sailkot Jail superintendent Sikandar Hay-at. The ATC acquitted 20 of the accused officials. Three accused including one Assistant Superintended Sialkot Jail and two jail wardens were awarded 15 years imprisonment each for negligence in the duty. Petitioner Ghulam Abbas Bokhari challenged the judgement of Anti-Terrorist Court Sialkot pleading to accept appeal against acquittal of accused officials by Anti-Terrorist Court. He prayed that the police and jails officials should be punished for irresponsible and unplanned shootout in the jail that killed his son and other judges instead of rescuing them from custody of the prisoners. Upon this, the division benched headed by Justice Manzoor Malik issued notices to accused official including DPO Sialkot Malik Iqbal on the appeal petition. The bench also directed the accused to submit surety bonds worth Rs100,000 to the Lahore High Court and appear in the court on August 17 for proceedings against them. It is pertinent to mention here that civil judge Sheharyar Bukhari was injured in the Sialkot jail shootout and later died at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) where he was shifted to save his life. Bokhari was admitted to the PIC with critical bullet injuries in his chest.