LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from the Punjab government on petition challenging registration of fraud case against 279 sacked traffic wardens from Lahore.

Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali Shah directed an additional advocate general to appear with reply from the government and deferred further hearing for indefinite time.

The sacked wardens Qamar Javed, Maqsood, Fayyaz, Atif and others challenged their removal. Petitioners’ counsel submitted that the petitioners were pressing for their promotion when a case at the police station Chuhng was lodged on August 21 and then the department removed them from service by accusing them of using fake educational documents for their promotions.

The lawyer alleged the petitioners were removed with the connivance of clerks by putting the allegation of bringing change in the seniority list. He said that a show cause notice was issued to them but they were never given chance to defend themselves. 

He said that the petitioners’ job was to control traffic and the department was custodian of their documents and it was the department’s responsibility to verify the documents. He said that the action against the petitioners was based on malafide intent and as such has no value before the eyes of law.

minister summoned

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday summoned Punjab Minister of Agriculture Farrukh Javed over his involvement in the postings and transfers affairs of the department.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah also suspended transfer orders, of Arifwala deputy district officer (agriculture), issued at the behest of the provincial minister.