LAHORE  - A group of lawyers helped eight accused escape police custody after a Lahore High Court judge on Monday dismissed their bail petitions in a dacoity case.

However, police arrested the ninth accused who was also trying to escape from the court. Police had booked all the nine accused on charges of injuring a citizen Hafiz Javed during a dacoity.

The accused persons through their counsel approached the LHC for concession of pre arrest bail. The counsel argued that police implicated his clients in fabricated case with mala fide intention.

He said the police had no evidence against the accused and the medical report obtained by the complainant was also a fake. The counsel asked the court to grant his clients pre-arrest bail so they could join police investigation. However, the court dismissed the bail petitions relying on the police record.

The counsel along with other associates shielded the accused persons when police personnel forwarded to arrest them. The black-coats succeeded in managing escape for eight of the accused while the ninth ‘unlucky’ was caught by the police.

Meanwhile, A Lahore High Court division bench on Monday refused to further hear appeals challenging a single bench decision wherein several petitions against establishment of Garment City on Sheikhupura Road were dismissed.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, head of the bench, cited personal reasons and referred the appeals to Chief Justice for their fixation before any other appropriate bench.

The appellants had pleaded that the single bench dismissed their writ petitions without going into details of the case. They said the bench had failed to understand the miseries of the farmers especially going to be affected by the Punjab government’s project.

Appellants stated that Garment City project will bring the farmers on road as they would have to face problems to run their families. They asked the division bench to set aside the order of the single bench that allowed the government to acquire agricultural land for the project.

A number of writ petitions against this project were also pending before another bench wherein government had been restrained from acquiring the land.

On the other hand, the Lahore High Court on Monday extended ban on hunting of internationality protected “Houbara Bustards” and directed the foreign affairs ministry to apprise in writing about legal status of hunting permits given to dignitaries from Gulf.