LHC constitutes 11 division, 23 single benches
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice on Sunday constituted 11 division benches and 23 single benches of the LHC to work from today (Monday) onward at the principal seat of Lahore.
According the notification regarding the benches’ constitution, the single benches would work from Monday through Friday for the LHC’s five working days while the division benches would continue work from Monday through Thursday. However, any special division benches constituted from time to time could sit for conducting hearings on any of the five working days.
LHC stays additional sales tax recovery: Adam Sugar Mills and JWD were temporarily given a three-percent additional sales tax exemption from the Sales Tax authorities on Sunday after the Lahore High Court ruled against the latter, staying the additional tax recovery. The Mills and JWD, which had their petitions presented to Mr Justice Muhammad Sair by their counsel, Ijaz Ahmed Awan, were told by the Court that they would be exempted from paying the additional sales tax – about Rs 94,558,471 in total - until a final decision was made.
The ST authorities were also ordered not to take action against them. During the case the counsel who had also forwarded documents argued that the authorities had not followed proper procedures and that the Mills and JWD were served with notices, imposing taxes of up to Rs 49,414,193 and Rs 45,144,278 on JWD and the Mills, respectively. After the hearing the Court decided to have a final hearing on the case and gave the respondents until March 11 to file a detailed report.
LHC orders production of girl confined at Darul Aman: The Lahore High Court has directed authorities to produce a newly-wedded girl confined to the Gujranwala Darul Aman under magisterial orders and facing charges under the Hudood Ordinance before the court next week. The court, headed by Justice Raja Muhammad Sabir, held that if the upper judiciary did not interfere and object to love marriages without the consent of the parents, for magistrates to do so was against the law.
The court also directed the law officer present to ensure the production of Iftikhar Ahmed, the father of the girl, before the court at the next hearing to ascertain why he registered a Hudood case against his daughter.
Shehla Shahzadi, a third year student at Sialkot Government Degree College, married her cousin Faisal Akbar against the will of her father, who got a case registered against the couple at Civil Lines police station in Gujranwala.
When the case was brought before the court of a judicial magistrate, he ordered that the girl be confined at a Darul Aman. The girl’s lawyer, Asghar Chaudhary, then filed a petition to the LHC. The court held that it was the right of the individual to decide who they should marry, and the court did not have the jurisdiction to intervene.