LAHORE - A Full Bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday reserved judgment on a 21-year-old petition filed by late advocate MD Tahir against the circuit benches of the Lahore High Court in Multan, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi terming it against the fair administration of justice and division of the LHC. The said benches were formed by Late Gen Zia-ul-Haq, in 1981, while the petition was filed against them in 1989. MD Tahir had filed this petition in 1989 in which he had challenged the establishment of benches at Multan, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur. Before reserving judgment on the petition, the full bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry heard arguments of the deputy attorney general on behalf of federation and petitioner counsel Dr Abdul Basit. The federal government, president of Lahore High Court Bar Association and presidents of bar associations at three other LHC benches were respondents to the petitions. Last day Dr Abdul Basit argued that former military dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq had formed regional benches of high courts including LHC to divide the judiciary and to make working of each circuit bench more like independent high court. He said the act was violation of the constitution and without lawful authority which was liable to be set aside. Dr Basit said instead of splitting LHC by making new benches in other cities the government may set up Circuit Courts like England and judges may sit there to hear cases in other cities. The deputy attorney general on behalf of the federal government said original petitioner MD Tahir had died and now the petition is liable to be dismissed under the law. He further submitted the LHC benches in other cities were essential to give justice to people at their doorsteps as it was hard for people to come to LHCs principal seat in Lahore from far-flung area. He said lawyers and people of Sargodha and Faisalabad were also demanding establishing of LHC benches there for making access to justice easy for them. During the proceedings, president Lahore High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi bench appeared with counsel and requested to dismiss the petition as the petitioner was no more and the matter could not be agitated.