LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday nullified a notification issued by the Punjab health department regarding the contract of a company for supplying Hepatitis-C kits and issued notice to the government to submit reply until October 2.

The petition was moved by a private company. The company through its counsel said that it had gotten contract of supplying Hepatitis-C kits and all kits were supplied in its specific time.

Some of the kits, however, were founds substandard, he said. He told the judge that the company assured the department that the same kits would be replaced but the department had canceled the contract and gave it to another company.

The petitioner’s counsel further said that the cancellation of the contact would disturb the smooth of kits which would also create problems for the patients.

After hearing preliminary arguments, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah suspended the notification of the health department and directed it to submit reply on the next hearing.

Separately, the Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Punjab Inspector General Police and the Capital City Police Officer on a plea challenging continuous illegal arrest of workers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

Gohar Nawaz Sindhu, Shadab Jafree advocates had filed separate petitions submitting that the police were continuously arresting PTI and PAT workers illegally. They said the court had already barred the police from making illegal arrest of workers but despite that order, the arrest was being carried out across the province.

They said the violation of court orders was tantamount to the contempt of court. The petitioner pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the provincial government and police for not complying with the orders of the court.

After hearing the arguments, Justice Iftikhar Hussain Shah issued notices to IGP and CCPO till Sept 23.

Meanwhile, LHC Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi reserved verdict on a petition of two blasphemy suspects.

Kamalia police registered a case under section 295-C of Pakistan Penal Code against Asif and Imran Raza. The suspects were accused of desecrating verses of Quran. Counsel for the suspects contended his clients were implicated in a fake case.

He said police failed to produce any tangible evidence or eyewitness of the alleged occurrence narrated in the FIR.

The counsel asked the court release the suspects on bail.

A law officer said the suspects had been found guilty in investigation and they were being tried. He said releasing the suspects during the trial would not be appropriate.

After hearing both sides, Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi reserved judgment on the petition.