ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Monday observed that nobody could be detained without substantial grounds as required by the Constitution of Pakistan. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice was hearing the Federal and Punjab Governments petitions against the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed and his other associates by the Lahore High Court. The Chief Justice asked the Advocate General Punjab to convince the court with substantial evidences on keeping the JuD Chief under house arrest under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960. Advocate General Punjab Raza Farooq submitted before the court that the UN resolution and the reports provided by Pakistani security agencies were the main reasons behind the house arrest orders of Hafiz Saeed. He said that the evidences were presented in the review board. The Chief Justice observed that the Lahore High Court in its verdict stated that the JuD Chief was kept under house arrest for three months but no evidences to prove the charges against him were provided. AG Punjab referred to a letter of the Foreign Office dated December 11, 2008 stating that Pakistan was bound to act on UN Security Councils resolutions. The Chief Justice said that the court has to look into the law. Your case is not on your own information but rely on UN resolution, the Chief Justice remarked. The basis on which you are curtailing the liberty of an individual should not be based on UN resolution, the CJ asked AG. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed that the UN resolution only referred to restricting movement of Hafiz Saeed while the government had actually detained him. The Chief Justice asked AG Punjab to apprise the court of provisions of the Constitution under which JuD Chief was arrested besides the charges against him else the court would not be able to move forth. Counsel for the JuD Chief Advocate AK Dogar submitted that his client was not informed about the charges levelled against him. He said government should provide details of charges against his client. AG Punjab submitted that the house arrest orders of Hafiz Saeed were issued in very critical circumstances when the Indian forces were moved along the Pakistani border. He prayed to the court to keep in view the ground realities in the case despite the fact that the house arrest orders of Hafiz Saeed did not fall as such under the MPO Ordinance. To this, the Chief Justice observed that whether government could detain someone when there were no provisions in the Constitution for the act. Deputy Attorney General Shah Khawar appeared on behalf of the Federal Government. The case was adjourned till today.