LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday said corruption would be curbed if courts continued delivering justice.

He also criticised strained relations of bar and bench and observed that bar councils were supposed to address professional and communal issues of lawyers as there was no room for politics in the justice system.

The chief justice was addressing a district judiciary conference on “Rule of Law” in connection with 150th anniversary’s celebrations of the Lahore High Court.

The CJ said bar and bench were the wheels of a system indeed, but problems would arise if any of them exceeded its limits. He admitted that the country’s justice system still needed to be stronger and the district judiciary was the backbone of the system. “A computerised automation system is being introduced in the LHC and district judiciary as well,” CJ Shah added.

Former judges Ijaz Nisar and Fazal Karim, senior lawyer Abid Hasan Manti, SM Zafar, representatives of civil society also attended the conference.

Earlier at the LHC, the chief justice inaugurated a museum and unveiled commemorative postage stamp issued in respect of sesquicentennial (150th years) celebrations of the Lahore High Court. He said the sesquicentennial celebrations were not only for the judges but also for the lawyers, district judiciary, judicial staff and litigant public.

14 addl judges take oath

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah administered oath to 14 newly appointed additional judges.

The judges include Justice Mujahid Mustaqim Ahmad, Justice Tariq Iftikhar Ahmad, Justice Abdul Sattar, Justice Habibullah Amir, Justice Muhammad Bashir Paracha, Justice Asjad Javaid Ghural, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh, Justice Jawwad Hassan, Justice Ahmad Raza Gillani, Justice Muzammil Akhtar Shabbir, Justice Mudassir Khalid Abbasi, Justice Abdul Rehman Aurangzeb, Justice Muhammad Ali and Justice Ch. Abdul Aziz.

The oath taking ceremony, held in front lawn of the high court, was attended by sitting judges, federal and provincial law officers and bar members.

With the fresh elevation number of judges at the LHC reached 60, the constitutional sanctioned strength. Among them, 39 are confirmed and 21 additional judges.

Another plea against PM

A writ petition yesterday was filed in the Supreme Court, praying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be summoned in Panama leaks case.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree filed the petition at SC’s Lahore registry, alleging that PM Nawaz has been involved in money laundering and causing a loss to national exchequer. Being a ‘dishonest’ person the onus of giving proofs of his innocence lies on the prime minister, the petitoner maintained.

Therefore, he prayed the court to order the PM to appear in person before it and establish his innocence in the case.