LAHORE - The Supreme Court yesterday barred the Chief Settlement Commissioner, deputy and assistant settlement commissioners of revenue department from functioning due their alleged involvement in musing the authority.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the order while hearing a number of petitions challenging the service of above said officials.

The bench expressed serious concerns when it came to know that the officers were working despite that the law had been repealed.

Chief settlement commissioner Saqib Aziz and secretary revenue department Tariq Mahmood Zafar were present in the court.

Counsel of the department told the court that new posting of the officers had been notified and they were supposed to decide the cases being remanded by the high court.

During the course of hearing, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that under what capacity the officers had been functioning when the relevant law had been revoked. He went on to say that the action of the officers was a worst-ever example of abuse of law.

The bench ordered that the chief settlement commissioner and other officers could not exercise powers under the repealed settlement law. The bench also requested the chief justice of Pakistan to constitute a three-judge bench for further hearing of the matter.