LAHORE

A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday again issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and sought reply on nearly 125 petitions challenging bureau’s drive against electricity defaulters.

The bench headed by Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan had restrained the bureau from taking action against electricity defaulters on April 18.

The petitioners through their counsels submitted that the NAB could not recover amounts from electricity defaulters under the NAB rules and regulations.

They pointed out the NAB had started a campaign against defaulters which was a violation of NAB rules. They requested the court to bar NAB from taking actions against them and grant a stay order against bureau’s actions.

On Wednesday, the petitioners contended the bureau had arrested many defaulters and kept recovering amounts from them.

The bench extended the stay order granted in favor of the defaulters and directed the bureau to submit reply until May 8.

Acquitted:

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday acquitted a condemned prisoner convicted in a case of murdering his wife after suspending his punishment by giving him a benefit of doubt.

A division bench headed by Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik passed the orders on the appeal moved by Maqsood Ahmad.

The appellant’s counsel submitted that the trail court of Pakpatan had granted death sentence to him after relaying on mere evidences.

He pointed out there was no witness against the convict. He requested the bench to accept the appeal and acquit the convict.

Opposing the appeal, the prosecution counsel told the bench that the convict had killed his wife when she resisted on selling her house. He pointed out the trial court had granted him death sentence after recording the evidences and statements of witnesses.

He requested the bench to dismiss the appeal.

After recording arguments of both sides, the bench suspended the death sentence of the appellant by giving benefit of doubt and acquitted him.