LAHORE The Lahore High Court will resume on Monday the hearing of the petitions seeking trial in Pakistan of US spy and killer of two nationals, Raymond Davis. LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry last heard the petitions on February 17. Deputy Attorney General Pervez Inayat Malik had sought time to file reply as to the status of Raymond on behalf of the Foreign Ministry on that occasion. On the last hearing, the court had strongly desired to first know what the Ministry would hold on Raymonds status, particularly in a situation when variegated opinions were being expressed on this count at the government level. The US authorities claim that Davis is a member of their technical and administrative staff. On the last date of hearing of the case, Advocate General Punjab Khwaja Haris Ahmad had filed a written statement that the Federal Government has to apprise the Punjab Govt about Raymonds status and the latter has written to it for this purpose and the reply was awaited. The statement also mentioned the different point of view held by the US consulate in Lahore and US Embassy as to the actual place of employment of Raymond and his status. It may be recalled that contradicting the statements of Interior Minister Rahman Malik and Fauzia Wahab, Shah Mahmood Qureshi last month had categorically stated in public that the Ministry records show that Raymond was not a diplomat therefore he did not enjoy blanket immunity against prosecution in the double murder. The statement of the ex-minister had created serious ripples in the government quarters where after from almost every corner of the government the same voice is being made that the courts of the country will decide about Raymond future. As such the reply of the Ministry, which is likely on Monday next, is tremendously important to help the court set direction of the proceedings of the case. The CJ on the last date gave much emphasis on the reply from the Ministry before taking up any step on the matter or entertaining further pleas on the subject of double murder. The court had pointed out that it would itself decide the immunity question of Raymond which however largely depended on the ministry reply. It is not out of place to mention here that American President Barrack Obama had claimed diplomatic immunity for Raymond and sought his immediate release. Somewhat with the same mind, Senator John Kerry had also visited Pakistan in the first week of February but the relevant authorities in Pakistan in unison told him that the matter was before the court and it would decide the issue. Raymond during the probe has admitted the offence but says he killed two youths at a busy road of the city on December 27 in self defence. This statement is however subject to judicial scrutiny. The challan of the Raymond case has been presented before the Trial Court which is proceeding with the matter in camera at Kot Lakhpat Jail where the accused has been held in judicial custody. At the level of the investigations, the questions have cropped up relating to recovery of the spy gadgets, pictures and telephones contacts the accused had held and also what he was doing in the far off localities of the city. Benches: As many as six Division Benches and 12 Single Benches will hold sitting at the Principal Seat (Lahore) of the Lahore High Court during the week commencing Monday, March 14. According to the LHC notification the DBs will comprise the judge namely: D.B.I, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan; D.B.II, Justice Ch. Iftikhar Hussain and Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq; D.B.III, Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah; D.B.IV, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Asad Munir; D.B.V, Justice Sh. Najam ul Hasan and Justice Rauf Ahmad Shaikh; and D.B.VI, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq.