LAHORE - Increasing cases of litigation and the shortage of Additional District & Sessions Judges in the Lahore district is a glaring example of carelessness on the part of the authority concerned. The inaction is set to pile up pressure on the litigants as the district has been deprived of three more judges in the two months, TheNation has learnt. The dearth of AD&SJs is also causing the problem of tremendous workload for the court employees. They say that no replacement yet for AD&SJs Ajmal Hussain, Rana Abdul Qayyum, and Sadiq Masud would further up the already biting pendency. According to court sources, from January 2010 to November 2010, around 72,400 new cases have been filed before the AD&SJs. The maximum announced strength of the AD&SJs for the district is 35. According to the same sources, the pendency in January 2010 was 16,059 cases. When contacted, a superintendent, namely Raja Ilyas, working with the Lahore District and Sessions Judge, said: It is the duty of the Lahore High Court to redress the problem of shortage of the judges. He, however, claimed that there was no serious problem of pendency of cases as the cases being heard by the aforementioned judges have been assigned to other judges. Reference against MNA: An accountability court on Tuesday summoned further witnesses by May 7 in a reference against a PML-N MNA Rana Nazeer, an accused of embezzlement of Rs. 46.37 million as the court had already recorded the statement of a prosecution witness namely Sheeba Ali. As per NABs claim, the accused had allegedly misappropriated Rs 46.37 million in connivance with his other family members from the public money.