LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday expressed displeasure over non submission of replies from the federal and Punjab governments in response to a petition seeking a permanent ban on the sale of Tyno syrup and judicial inquiry into the deaths of people after consuming the same.

As the proceedings started on Monday, counsels of the governments requested the court to allow more time for the submission of replies. Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan took notice of the casual attitude of the govts, and said the authorities should show some seriousness in the matter.

Petitioner’s counsel pointed out that the government had failed to even fix responsibility of the deaths despite a considerable time had been lapsed. The syrup related casualties were still happening in different parts of the province, he added.

Justice Hassan adjourned further hearing until February 4 and directed the state counsels to ensure timely submission of the replies. In this case, the court had already imposed a temporary ban on the sale of the Tyno syrup.

Judicial Activism Panel’s Chairman Azhar Siddique had filed the petition saying if the sale of the syrup was not stopped, it would result into deaths on a massive scale.

He requested the court to impose a complete ban on sale of Tyno syrup. He said the physicians should be restrained from prescribing the medicine.

He also prayed that a judicial inquiry might be held into the casualties to unearth the real facts and registration of cases against all responsible persons and authorities.

INTRA-COURT APPEAL: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Farooq Awan has filed an intra-court appeal (ICA) in the LHC against his suspension by a single bench.

The appellant said he was appointed as chairman of the authority after the approval by the Prime Minister. While, all rules and regulations were also followed during the appointment, he added. He said the single bench headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah had declared his appointment illegal.

Admitted: The LHC granted permission to heirs of Mian Abbas Sharif to become party in the petitions moved by the Sharif family challenging notices of additional income tax worth Rs650 million.

When Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed hearing on the petitions, Advocate Tariq Aziz, counsel of Sharif family, informed the court that one of the petitioners Mian Abbas Sharif had passed away. He requested the court grant permission to the heirs of late Abbas Sharif to file an application for becoming party in the cases which the court had accepted.

LHC notice of crimes: 

The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Monday took notice of different crimes including burning of two girls in Muzaffargarh.  According to reports, a Muzaffargarh landlord had burnt alive two girls for entering his fields.

The other incidents included non-recovery of a child kidnapped for ransom in Lahore, lawyer’s torture of a court’s staffer and torching of a woman following a domestic dispute.

The CJ sought detailed reports of the incidents from the concerned Sessions Judges within one week.