LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on the petitions earlier moved by as many as 87 public prosecutors, who were appointed during the former government of Pervaiz Elahi in Punjab, but their services were terminated by Shahbaz Sharif government. The petitioner Akbar Ali, Rahat Majeed and other have also filed petition to seek contempt of court action the secretary prosecution department Punjab for not referring their cases to Punjab pubic service commission for regularisation despite courts directions. Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan heard contempt of court petitions along with the main petitions and reserved judgment on both. The sacked public prosecutors were appointed in 2007 on contractual basis by the former PML-Q government in Punjab. The petitioners contend that despite tall claims of Punjab government of maintaining a high respect for the judiciary, it had allegedly committed blatant contempt of court on two times about their cases by way of ignoring the court directions for their restoration and sending their cases to the Commission. They said PM-N government terming their appointment of the petitioner prosecutors as politically motivated, had removed them from the office in 2010 for which the chief minister had issued a notification which also stated that the contract employees working in 16 and above grades must qualify tests of PPSC for wining regularisation. The public prosecutors moved the court submitting that secretary prosecution department Punjab had sacked them without sending their names to the PPSC for tests and interviews as the procedure laid down for regularisation while names of some of prosecutors having affiliations with PML-N were referred to PPSC with recommendation for regularisations. They said the LHC on March 30, 2011 issued stay orders against their termination directing the Punjab government through secretary prosecution Punjab to allow them continuation in service till expiry of their contractual period on July 4, 2011. However the Punjab government did not pay heed to the orders whereof the petitioner were compelled to move the contempt of court plea against the government and the secretary prosecution Punjab. On the contempt petition the LHC ordered the respondents including the secretary to allow resumption of the prosecutors in the office and had called for a reply till July 26. The respondents, however took the plea that contract policy did not allow the petitioners restoration therefore they should take PPSC tests for regularisation. The court reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of the both parties on the contempt of court petitions and main petitions for regularisation by referring their names to PPSC. LHC allows customs officials to confiscate 200 phones: Justice Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday allowed Collector of Customs Department Lahore to impound 200 cellular phone sets along with their accessories which earlier were recovered from a Bangkok-returned passenger who had brought all that illegally to Pakistan. PIA passenger Yasir Saeed had brought 200 used phones sets with all accessories in his luggage from Bangkok. The Customs authorities on May 6 last took the articles into possession at Allama Iqbal International Airport on the ground that transportation of such items was a violation of customs rules. The passenger challenged the step of customs authorities before customs tribunal which on June 8 directed customs officials concerned to give the sets back to the passenger as he had brought the same for his relatives and family members. The Collector of Customs filed a reference in the Lahore High Court through his counsel Izhar ul Haq against the judgment of Customs Tribunal submitting that the passenger had violated the customs laws by importing used phone sets which was prohibited under the law and he did it without licence to import such a large number of phone sets. Customs counsel told the court that the phones were very costly and no one brings such a huge quantity for the purpose of distributing the same among his friends and family members, thus it was illegal and unlawful. Justice Azmat Seed after hearing arguments of both parties suspended the tribunals judgment and held that customs authorities had seized the phones lawfully and they could keep the impounded consignment with the customs department. Meanwhile, A Division Bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought reply from the respondent to the petition filed by a cultivator of Narowal against the alleged illegal possession of his 6700 sacks of wheat by an officer of the Chenab Rangers. The Bench comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh passed the said order on a petition filed by one Muhammad Asif of Narowal. Last day the court asked the Rangers counsel Farooq Quershi the reason for taking wheat of the petitioners into alleged illegal possession from his fields during the harvesting season? On it, the counsel sought time to file reply and the Court granted time till August I next to do the needful. The petitioner submitted in his plea that he owned agricultural land measuring 1,844 kanals and seven marlas near the border area but the respondent was not allowing him to harvest wheat crop on his land. He said that earlier, in 2008, the petitioner had filed a petition in the LHC, on which directions were given to authorities concerned not to disturb him on his land. He said that the petitioner had moved another petition in the LHC and a division bench on May 2, 2011, had directed the border area committee to allow him to harvest the crop on his land.