LAHORE  - The Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the maintainability of a petition filed against the appointment of ad-hoc judges.

Rana Hamid, through his counsel, filed a petition and submitted that the country’s constitution did not allow ad-hoc appointment of judges. He said that ad-hoc judges could only be appointed after all the vacant Lahore High Court seats were filled. He said that all the ad-hoc judges would not perform their duties independently until their jobs were not confirmed.

The petitioner argued that the high court chief justice has no powers to initiate names for the Lahore High Court judges. He pleaded the court that the judicial commission rules should be in accordance with the constitution.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its verdict.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court extended for one day the interim bail of Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan who has been accused of possessing a fake degree. LHC Justice Sardar Shamim Khan was hearing the case.

As proceedings started, the petitioner’s counsel told the court the Punjab government is doing its level best to prove that Ghulam Sarwar Khan is holding a fake diploma. He said that the Department of Anti-Corruption, Punjab Prosecutor General and Punjab Technical Board have been writing letters to Islamia University for declaring Sarwar’s degree fake.

An additional prosecutor requested the court to adjourn the hearing until March 31; however, his plea was rejected as the court would resume proceedings today.

On July 18 last year, the Supreme Court had suspended membership of three parliamentarians including PTI MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan for holding fake degrees after the Higher Education Commission submitted its record in this connection.