LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Friday transferred a sessions judge after he had an altercation with an office-bearer of Lahore Bar Association in bail matter of a businessman involved in Rs 35million cheque dishonoring case.

The registrar office of the LHC Friday issued a notification and transferred Additional District and Sessions Judge Farrukh Hussain from Lahore and posted him at a vacant post in Ferozwala district.

Five days ago, the said judge refused to grant bail to a businessman allegedly involved in Rs 35m cheque dishonor case when a group of lawyers including an office-bearer of the Lahore Bar Association appeared before him and asked him to grant bail. However, the judge asked them to argue on the merits of the case but they demanded bail instead of arguments. When the judge refused them they became angry and started abusing the judge in the courtroom.

An official seeking anonymity told The Nation that the lawyers locked the courtroom. However, an opponent group also reached on the spot and they broke the lock and opened the door, he said.  The incident took place on Feb 16 at sessions court building.

Later, On Feb 17, LBA President Chaudhary Ishtiaq A Khan along with the president of LHCBA Shafqat Mahmood Chohan said that the dispute between the judge and the lawyers was resolved peacefully.   Khan said some mischievous elements wanted to damage the cordially relation between the bar and bench.

He denied the involvement of bar office-bearer in the incident of locking a courtroom and abusing a judge for not granting a bail.

Khan also stated that a group of lawyers also tried to scuffle with Bar’s secretary. He said strict action would be taken against those who did not respect the judges and did not care the decorum of courts.–Fida Hussnain