LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned till June 23 hearing on a petition challenging the appointments made by speaker of Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the capacity of Acting Governor Punjab. The petition was filed by PPP Finance Secretary Aurangzeb Burki against the appointments of Ombudsman and chairman of the Service Tribunal by PA Speaker in 2008 while holding the post of acting Punjab governor. The petition is pending in Lahore High Court since December 2008. The petitioner contended that powers and authority of Acting Governor as per article 104 of the constitution do not allow him to make appointments. Petitioner counsel Ch Fawad said that the Punjab governor went abroad on a three days personal visit and president of Pakistan appointed PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal as acting governor. He said the post of acting governor was created in case of absence of the governor and the nature of the job was just the stopgap arrangement to perform the day to day functions of the government. So far as the policy matter as well as the appointments on key posts in the province was concerned, acting governor was not authorised to perform such functions, he said. Petitioner pleaded that Rana Iqbal flagrantly violated his mandate during three days as acting governor and made illegal and unauthorised appointments, including the appointments of Justice (r) Jahangir Arshad as chairman of the Punjab Services Tribunal and Khalid Mehmood as Ombudsman Punjab. The PPP leader stated that the said appointments amounted to overstepping the authority and use of the power that did not vest with him. Petitioner prayed to the court to declare the appointments as unconstitutional.