LAHORE – Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore High Court on Thursday recommended the chief justice to constitute a larger bench to hear the petitions seeking disqualification of prime minister and an order restraining him from approving the forthcoming budget.

Three different petitions have been filed in the Lahore High Court against PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani after being convicted by the Supreme Court in contempt case.

The petitioners have requested the court to restrain the PM from approving upcoming federal budget while one out of them has requested to stop him from working as PM.

Earlier, Justice Bandial had directed the registrar office to connect all the relevant petitions, so that the court could recommend formation of a larger bench to hear the matter.

The court was informed on Thursday that all petitions had been connected. At this, Justice Bandial asked the Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed to constitute a larger bench, and returned the files to him.