LAHORE - A court yesterday summoned the registration record of Lahore Gymkhana Club in a petition seeking probe into new memberships.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of Lahore High Court summoned record in a petition seeking inquiry into alleged violation of merit in awarding memberships to 350 politicians, bureaucrats and other influential personalities.

Zia Shahid Wasair filed the petition saying that the club management awarded memberships to Abdul Aleem Khan of PTI, former MNA Kashmala Tariq, singer Fareeha Pervez and others. The court will resume hearing on December 15.

Bail extended: The LHC extended interim bail till November 25 granted to teenaged Talha Naveed, son of Lower Mall DSP Naveed Irshad.

He has been facing the charges of murder by murdering journalist Rana Bilal by crushing under wheels of car.

Justice Ch Mushtaq Ahmad extended the bail yesterday as the accused’s counsel did not appear in the court. Talha was allegedly driving his car recklessly in Sattokatla police precincts when he crushed Rana Bilal to death.

donkey’ hides case: Justice Erum Sajjad Gull of Lahore High Court yesterday reserved verdict in a petition of a Chinese company seeking action against Kasur police for confiscating donkey hides.

Ho Longbin, a representative of Globin Company had filed the petition, saying on September 6, the Kasur police confiscated 1015 hides and registered a case under section 270, 429 and 379 of PPC against three of company workers.

The court was told that the petitioner had been dealing in animal hides for the past 20 years and hand nothing to do with the meat of donkeys.

He said he had invested money in Pakistan and wanted to run business but the police had disappointed him.

He said that the police in FIR had claimed that the hides belonged to some Pakistani men, which was incorrect. He also submitted that the hides were perishable item, which could not be preserved for an indefinite period, and it has already been two months passed and the hides could become useless. He said that it would cost him Rs40 million.

He said the petitioner had approached the judicial magistrate and then an additional district and sessions judge for direction to police for handing over him the hides but to no avail.

He requested to issue directives to the police to hand over the hides to him.

Advocate Ch Shoaiab Saleem argued on behalf of two citizen Nisar Ahmad and Muhammad Saeed and said that the petitioner was blackmailing the court in the name of investment in Pakistan.

He contended that the buying of an illegal thing from the market cannot be legal and therefore, the petitioner cannot justify buying of donkeys’ hides and investment in this regard. After hearing both sides, Justice Erum Sajjad Gull reserved verdict.

HAssaan’s case: The Lahore High Court issued notice to Election Commission of Pakistan, Lahore Waste Management Company and Lahore Development Authority in a petition seeking disqualification of Kh Ahmad Hassan of PML-N, who is likely to be mayor of Lahore, unopposed election as chairman of UC-107.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC passed the order on petition filed by a lawyer-petitioner advocate Azhar Siddique. The petitioner stated that he held different positions with different public sector departments including LDA, LWMC and others.

He said that under Section 27 of Local Government Act, a person who is holding a public office cannot be elected as representative of the masses. The lawyer-petitioner argued that the returning officer did not care of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution while checking the nomination papers of the respondent.

He requested the court to set aside the unopposed election of Kh. Ahmad Hassan. After hearing initial arguments, the court sought reply from ECP, LWMC and LDA. The date is in office.