LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday constituted a 3-member bench to hear a petition against the delimitation process in Punjab for the upcoming local bodies’ election. The bench will start hearing from December 26.

Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan had sent the case to the LCH chief justice on Friday, observing that two parallel judgments on the issue had created confusion and a larger bench should hear the case.

The petitioner argued that a LHC bench had given decision in favour of delimitation while another bench of the respected court went against the process. He pointed out that the LHC’s two parallel decisions had created anomaly; thus a large bench should adjudicate upon the matter to remove the irregularity.

He further said that neither the government nor courts could decide about delimitation once election schedule was announced.

Separately, the Lahore High Court ordered to transfer cases of the accused facing charges of having explosives to anti-terrorism courts. Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi issued the order on the bail petitions filed by Ziaur Rehman and others who have been languishing in jails.

Counsel for the accused contended that police had falsely trapped them in the case of having explosives.

The additional prosecutor general informed the court that heavy cache of explosives including 12 hand-grenades were recovered from the accused. He said that their cases were being referred to ordinary courts which will encourage the terrorists.

After hearing the arguments, the court dismissed bail applications of the accused and ordered to transfer all cases to anti-terrorism courts.