LAHORE - A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Friday gave last chance to Pakistan People’s Party-led federal government to file reply on a petition seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on charges of mutiny and to take action against him for allegedly defying judicial orders and subverting the Constitution.

The full bench comprising Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh and Justice Shahid Saeed adjourned the hearing on the petition and other connected matters till April 20.

During the course of hearing, the bench took strict notice of not filing the government reply despite several orders. No one from dozens of federation law officers appeared before the LHC full bench as they had been earlier directed by the federal government not to attend the hearing of this political case.

However, the full bench sent a court official to the attorney office to call any law officer and Deputy Attorney General Aazar Latif appeared before the bench.

The bench inquired from DAG about the reply of the federal government and he replied: “I have not any kind of instructions regarding this specific petition seeking disqualification of premier.

The attorney office of LHC has also not received any reply regarding the case,” the DAG said and requested the court to allow some time to file reply.

The bench observed that it seemed that the federation reply was coming on donkey cart, therefore it could not reach the LHC so far.

“A full bench is hearing a case here at LHC and you (DAGs) do not bother to assist and appear before the court,” the court noted and declared April 20 deadline for filling the reply.

Petitioner Lawyer A K Dogar had sought the disqualification of prime minister submitting that the PM had committed treason and subversion of the constitution by deliberately defying orders of the Supreme Court in many sensitive cases including the National Reconciliation Ordinance, reopening of Zardari’s Swiss accounts cases, corruption cases and appointments on key posts.

 He said the PM was deceiving masses by not implementing SC decisions. Advocate Dogar said that the premier should be declared ineligible as he was violating Article 62 of the Constitution.