LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed the provincial government to provide foolproof security for judges, lawyers and litigants.

According to a press statement issued yesterday evening, the Chief Justice said that security issue was very important. The CJ directed the government authorities to install CCTV cameras in all courts and establish control rooms soon.

The CJ said that LHC would resolve all matters of high court and district judiciary. The CJ sa id infrastructure and furniture condition in district courts was not well. He said judicial officers should be given proper atmosphere so that they could provide quality justice to the litigants of the province. The Chief Justice also asked the government officials  for their active participation in LHC 150th year celebration. He said the celebration activities would start on Nov 1. He said judicial awareness programs would be organized in all the district courts of the province. He said local administration should support and cooperate the district judiciary. The CJ further said that the aim of all these measures was to provide the ideal judicial system in the province and strengthen the public confidence in the judiciary. Moreover, financial and administrative matters related to LHC and district judiciary were also brought in the agenda.

 The Chief Secretary Punjab Capt (R) Mr. Zahid Saeed assured the full cooperation of the Punjab government on all above issues. Secretary C & W Khalid Mahmood, Special Secretary Finance Saifullah Dogar, Secretary Prosecution Murtaza Ali, Secretary Law Syed Abul Hassan Najami, Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali, Additional Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz Khan and other officials attended the meeting.  LHC officials were also present there.

Royal Palm case put off

until October 3

The Lahore High Court deferred until October 3 the hearing of Royal Palm Golf and Country Club’ s case as the arguments of Pakistan Railways’ counsel were continued.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza took up the matter.  Railways lawyer Salman Butt made request to the court for withdrawing stay order granted earlier to the petitioner company, and dismiss the petition. The counsel said that the company did not pay dues under the lease agreement.

His arguments were in progress when the court adjourned the hearing and directed the respondent’s counsel to come up with more arguments on the matter.

Registrar Trade Union’s

decision set aside

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court yesterday set aside the decision of a Registrar Trade Union that National Industrial Relation Commission (NIRC) can register workers’ unions of trans-provincial establishment.

The judge passed the order on a petition filed by a company in Kasur against registration of its workers’ union.

Advocate Taffazul Haider Rizvi, the counsel of the company, argued that under the Industrial Relation Act, 2012 all matters of formation of trade unions of a trans-provincial establishment (having units in more than one province) were under the sole power and authority of the NIRC.

The lawyer contended that the registrar trade unions acted beyond its powers and illegally registered the trade union for the petitioner-factory.

After hearing arguments of both sides, Justice Mirza allowed the petition and set aside the order of Registrar Union.