LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued contempt notice to the Pakistan Railways Deputy General Manager, Inspector General of Railways Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police on violation of a court order.

Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi passed the orders on a contempt of court petition moved by railway officer Muhammad Ali Rajpar. The petitioner sought contempt proceedings against the officers responsible for disposing him of the property despite the court’s stay orders.

As the hearing resumed, DSP Muhammad Iqbal produced handcuffed Muhammad Ali and submitted that a case had been registered with Railways Police against the accused for misusing his powers and corruption.

At this, the judge snubbed the DSP for producing the accused with handcuff and observed it was against the decorum of the courts. The judge went to say the accused could not be produced in such style even before the court of a magistrate. The judge observed the government officers made mockery of the judicial orders. It was prime responsibility of the judiciary to protect the public rights, the judge added.

Counsel of the accused told the court that the department had registered a fake and frivolous case against the petitioner to pressurise him.

The court issued contempt of court notice to railways Deputy GM, IG Police and DSP, and deferred hearing till November 7.

HOAX CALL CREATES PANIC AT LHC: A bomb hoax created panic among people and staff at the Lahore High Court on Tuesday morning when a caller claimed a bomb was placed at the premises.

The bomb disposal squad, finding nothing suspicious after half an hour search, declared the place safe.

After the hoax call the security at LHC was beefed up while DCO Lahore Ahmed Javed Qazi and CCPO Lahore also reached the spot.

A police official said the hoax call caused panic among the people and staff and they vacated the courtroom. Judicial work, however, was not disturbed by hoax call and judges kept on doing court work as usual.

UNRULY BEHAVIOUR NOT TO BE TOLERATED: CJ

The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Tuesday observed that incidents of misbehaviour with the judges and locking the court rooms would never be tolerated.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed this while dismissing a petition moved an advocate Rana Shahid against lawyers strikes.

As hearing started, the petitioner contended that the judicial work suffered due the strike calls given by the lawyers while the litigants also suffered due to these calls.

During strikes, the lawyers also misbehaved with the judges and pressurised them to end the judicial work, the lawyer added. He requested the court to issue directions to the lawyers bodies to not to observe strikes. At this, the Chief Justice remarked that the incidents of misbehaviour with the judges and locking the court rooms would never be tolerated at any cost.

He said the references had been forwarded to Bar Councils against the lawyers involved in such unruly incidents and the councils suspended their licences.

By giving these observations, the Chief Justice dismissed the petition.

LHC SEEKS ARGUMENTS: A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday sought arguments from Punjab government law officers on petitions moved by opposition parties against non-party polls in the province under the new Punjab Local Government Law, 2013.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial also appointed Dr Rasool Bux Rais as amicus curie and directed him to assist the court on the subject matter.

As hearing started, a local government counsel argued that political parties could participate in elections for national and provincial assembly seats. However, these parties could not partake in the local body polls and the election symbols could not be allotted to them.

He pointed out that role of local bodies was of administrative nature therefore non-political people should be elected in these elections.

The bench adjourned hearing till October 30 (today) and sought appearance of Punjab government law officer to advance arguments on the petitions.