LAHORE - A full bench of Lahore High Court on Thursday postponed hearing of a petition challenging construction of IMAX Theatre at a playground Doongi Ground, situated at Mini Market, Gulberg. The Punjab government has also moved an application seeking permission to set up public library, gym and a bowling alley on the site of multi-million IMAX Theatre at Doongi Ground. During the proceedings on Thursday, counsel of the Punjab government Salman Akram advanced the arguments in which he submitted that Doongi Ground was open space for public utility and the government could use its only 18 per cent to set up library gym and a bowling alley. The bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Iftikhar Hussain Ch, Justice Sh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman asked the counsel to first admit the status of the area whether it was a playground or not, and the construction of IMAX Theatre on it was made in accordance with law. The bench asked the counsel when the illegal constructions of the private persons could be demolished why governments illegal construction would not meet the same fate. It also asked the counsel to take a clear stand whether it was a playground and construction done on it even by the previous government was legal or not. Petitioners counsel Azhar Siddique said that construction of the theatre was illegal and he would prove that it was a public ground, which was converted into a theatre. In 2006, a Karachi-based NGO Shehri-CBE (Citizens for Better Environment), journalist Ardeshir Cowasjee and 11 residents of the area had moved the petitions during Prevaiz Elahis stint as chief minister Punjab. Petitioners counsel had submitted that the project was illegal and no objection certificate was obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency. The petitioners had also challenged the transfer of the land of Doongi Ground from the LDA to the PHA and then to the Punjab Entertainment Company submitting that the whole process was flawed and was done in flagrant violation of the law. It was submitted that billions of rupees of the public exchequer were involved in the project and the company had already spent millions only on digging the ground. The money was officially released to the company in violation of the law, the petitions added. On August 8, 2006, a single bench of the LHC consisting of Justice Saeed Akhtar, now retired, stopped the provincial government and the Punjab Entertainment Company (PEC) from continuing the construction of the Cineplex. The stay order was vacated on March 9 by LHC division bench and work was resumed. However, the petitioners moved another petition in the SC, which had stopped the work again and referred the case to LHC.