LAHORE - A special customs court yesterday sent a man to prison on judicial remand for his alleged involvement in smuggling of rare turtles to Colombo (Sri Lanka).

The judge directed the Investigation Officer to submit challan of the case before the court on next hearing. The Custom officials took the suspect from Lahore airport and recovered 22 turtles from his luggage. The IO told the judge that they had completed the investigation and further custody of the accused was not required.

Death Warrants: A sessions court yesterday issued death warrants of two murder conviction for their execution on Feb 17.

Obaidulah and Shikar Ali were arrested for committing murder. A court had awarded them death sentence in 2009 and their appeals against the penalty had also been dismissed by the high court and Supreme Court. The President of Pakistan had turned down their mercy appeals.

Kot Lakhpat jail’s superintendent had requested the court to issue death warrants of the convicts. The judge Nazir Ahmad Gajana issued the warrants for the execution of the convicts on Feb 17. Accused of locking a court: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought personal appearance of a lawyer by March 10 for his alleged involvement in locking a courtroom of a woman civil judge in Rawalpindi.

Justice Anwarul Haq was hearing a suo motu notice taken on a report filed by the district and sessions judge of the Rawalpindi. Advocate Zeeshan Riaz Cheema had locked the courtroom of the civil judge in November 2015 for not giving ‘favourable’ decision.

disposed of: The Lahore High Court yesterday directed Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly to approach concerned forum for redressal of the alleged matter of irregularities in purchase of medicine at Punjab Institute of Cardiology.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza announced the reserved verdict and disposed of petition filed by Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed.

A law officer had opposed the petition submitting that the petitioner was not an aggrieved person and as such his petition was not maintainable.

The petitioner submitted that he would bring on record what level of corruption and malpractices of the provincial government were being done at PIC.

He pointed out that a private medical store had been awarded contract for bulk purchase of medicines and medical disposable items. However, the medical store was violating the terms and conditions of the contract and providing medicines to the PIA on double rates as compared with market price.

He further submitted that the medical store was committing this unlawful act in connivance of the government authorities concerned. He said Public Accounts Committee was responsible to hold scrutiny of the public departments; however, the committee was non-functional since 2013.

He prayed to the court to order the chief minister to hold inquiry into the corruption and stop sale of medicine against high rates. He also prayed to the court to order the government to present details of the contract of PIC concluded with the respondent medical store before the PAC for the scrutiny.

Meanwhile, a writ petition was filed in the Lahore High court seeking directions to restrain police from arresting an accused from LHC premises after dismissal of bail application.

A lawyer petitioner Ali Zia Bajwa filed the petition and pointed out that the police and other law enforcement agencies immediately arrest and accused from LHC premises after cancellation of bail which is illegal and unconstitutional.

He stated that such an accused had the right to approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan and before decision by the apex court accused should not be arrested.