Pleas against caretaker govt’s powers: Larger LHC bench dissolved, reconstituted

LAHORE: The larger bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) hearing petitions, questioning power of the caretaker Punjab government to remove public servants, was dissolved once again on Wednesday after the AAGP raised objection against one of its members.

The LHC bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, started proceedings when Additional Advocate General Punjab (AAGP) Ghulam Sarwar raised objection against a member of the bench. He submitted that Justice Muzamil Akhtar Shabir had refused to hear the petition of Advocate General Punjab Ahmad Awais, therefore, he could not become part of the bench.

Upon which, the bench agreed with the stance of the law officer and referred the matter to LHC chief justice with a request to form a new bench for hearing the cases.

Later on, LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti reconstituted the bench and replaced Justice Muzamil Akhtar Shabir with Justice Anwaar Hussain. Now the bench, headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and comprising Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, Justice Shahid Karim, Justice Asim Hafeez and Justice Anwaar Hussain, would resume hearing of the petitions on Thursday (today).

It is pertinent to mention here that the LHC chief justice had on February 2 formed a larger bench for hearing of the petitions but it was dissolved after Justice Rasaal Hassan Syed recued himself from the bench on medical ground.

Previously, a three-member full bench was formed to hear the petitions.


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