LAHORE - The Sessions Court Lahore issued notice to the state for Monday on a petition seeking release of moneychangers Munaf Kalia and Javed Khanani on bail Saturday. Both the accused have been named in the FIR that was registered on the complaint of Federal Investigation Agency last week for their alleged involvement in illegal hawala business. The accused at present are in FIA custody on a three-day remand granted by the Court of Magistrate on Friday. Two petitions have been moved by the spouses of the accused through advocate Adnan Sheikh inter alia contending that the custody of the accused was void as under the Foreign Currency Exchange Act 1947, only the Sessions Court is competent to award remand of the accused and not the Court of Magistrate which has been done in the case in hand. The petitioners say no FIR under the said Act could be registered unless permitted by the State Bank of Pakistan but this practice was not followed in the said case. Hence not only registration of the FIR is illegal but also the remand order by the Magistrate is beyond jurisdiction, they pleaded. The petitioners further contended the FIR in question related to the alleged offence by Dunyapur Enterprises, Gujranwala that was a franchised company of Khanani and Kalia and this company did not have any direct link to them. The petitioners have questioned the case against the said accused, and have prayed to the Court for allowing their release on bail till the final decision on the matter.