LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sagheer Ahmad Qadri reproached Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Rai Muhammad Tahir for defying court orders by not registering cases of citizens, and expressed displeasure over the poor performance of the police.

Perveen Bibi filed the petition and submitted that she had married with Sabir Ali of Kahna area. However, Sabir again married with another woman namely Shehzadi without getting her permission, Perveen submitted. She told the court that Sabir along with his brother Safdar had tortured her when she demanded money for daily expenses of the house.

Kahna Police denied registering the torture case; Perveen said adding a district and sessions court ordered the police concerned to register the case according to her application.

“Despite the court orders, police are not ready to register her case,” she submitted and requested the LHC to direct police to act upon the sessions court orders.

Following the notice, the DIG operations along with a ‘heavy protocol’ appeared before the court. The judge admonished the DIG and inquired from him that why the police did not obey the court orders. The DIG apologised and informed the court that the case of Perveen Bibi had been registered.

Expressing displeasure over the city police performance, the judge remarked that it had become the policy of police officials not to obey the judicial orders.

Action would be taken against police officers who would not implement the court orders in future, the court observed and disposed of the petition.

DEFAULTER HAJ TOUR OPERATORS: The LHC on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to furnish the details of defaulter Haj tour operators in the light of reports of Income Tax Department, State Bank of Pakistan, and Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The court also directed the ministry to submit an action plan about awarding Haj quota to new operators after cancelling quota of defaulter tour operators. Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial issued these orders on a contempt petition against the ministry.

The legal advisor of Income Tax Department told the court that about 160 companies out of 729 had submitted income tax returns. He pointed out that tax of Rs70.20 million had been collected from these companies. After this, the chief justice adjourned the hearing until July 18. Some new tour operators had filed the contempt of court petitions.