LAHORE - A three-member bench of the Supreme Court Wednesday took exception to the privilege of chief minister to allot state land and said the court would define a principle against the right if any matter came before it again.

The bench observed that the United States President even had no powers to allot a kiosk to anyone but in Punjab precious state land had been allotted to individuals without any reason.

The bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Justice Umar Ata Bandial gave these remarks while hearing a review petition filed by a resident of Sahiwal here at SC Lahore registry.

The bench also dismissed review petition regarding withdrawal of state land allotted to citizens in Sahiwal and warned the Punjab government of clipping the powers of chief minister to allot land to selected citizens.

Muhammad Siddique of Sahiwal had filed a review petition and stated that that then chief minister had allotted 223 acre land to citizens in 2004 on lease.

However, he said, the revenue department cancelled the lease and withdrew the land to develop a government housing society. He said the government had not given substitute land to the residents.

The petitioner said the high court and Supreme Court had dismissed petitions of the residents. He asked the bench to review the earlier decision as the department had no authority to withdraw the land allotted by the chief minister. He also sought an order for the government to allot alternate land to the affected residents.

LHC bench to hear delimitation case: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik on Wednesday constituted a three member bench to hear a writ petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf against amendment on new delimitations done by the Punjab government for local bodies’ election.

The bench comprising Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh and Justice Shahid Karim would hear the petition from July 23 (today).

Earlier, Justice Ijazul Ahsan of The Lahore High Court referred the petition to the chief justice for fixing it before some other bench.

Jahangir Tareen of PTI had filed the petition and challenged new delimitations done by Punjab government for local government election in the province.

The petitioner stated that the government intervened in the jurisdiction the election commission of Pakistan (ECP) by doing delimitation following an amendment in Local Government Ordinance 2013.

He said the government has no power to delimit the constituencies but it violated the Constitution.

He prayed to the court to set aside the amendment in the ordinance and delimitation carried out by the provincial government for being an unconstitutional act and direct it to hold party basis elections.

Caught: The police claimed to have arrested 21 gamblers and recovered stake money of Rs 140,000 from their possession during a crackdown in last week.

Police said on Wednesday that Gulshan Iqbal police have arrested 12 gamblers and recovered stake money of Rs 90,000 during crackdown, reported APP.

SP Iqbal Town Dr Muhammad Iqbal had constituted a special police team under the supervision of DSP Iqbal Town and other officials which conducted a raid at Multan Chungi truck adda and arrested the gamblers. The arrested were identified as Salamat, Ahmad, Ijaz, Basheer, Sajid, Asif, Ashiq, Waris, Shahbaz, Shabbir, Kashif and Ali Asif.

Factory Area police also claimed to have arrested 9 gamblers and recovered stake money of Rs 50,000 from their possession.

DSP Defence Circle led the police team which arrested the accused identified as Nadeem, Sajjad, Haider, Ghulam Abbas, Javed, Rizwan, Mohsan, Azeem and Sarfraz.

DIG Operations directed all divisional SPs to take strict action against those who involved in the menace of gambling in their respective areas.