LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to the Central Board of Film Censors chairman and others for issuing censor certificate to Indian film ‘Dedh Ishqya’ despite court restraining orders.
Justice Ijaz Ahmad passed the orders on a contempt petition filed by Muhammad Waris and others against issuing certificate to the film. The court sought a reply from the respondents within two weeks.
Earlier, the counsel for the petitioner Amir Shah arguing before the court submitted that a single bench of the LHC had restrained the censor board from issuing certificates to Indian films on December 20. But despite that, the board issued a censor certificate to Indian film ‘Dedh Ishqya’ on January 9, he added.
He contended that the respondents committed contempt of court, thus, contempt proceedings should be initiated against them.
After hearing arguments, the court issued a show-cause notice to the respondents and sought a reply within two weeks.
POL prices: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed for determination of petroleum products’ prices under Article 19A of the constitution.
The petition was filed by Muhammad & Ahmad, a public interest litigation firm, pleading directions to fix POL prices as per Article 19A.
The petitioner also requested the court to direct the government to give details about the methodology of determination for revising the petroleum products viz a viz cost of production and cost of supply, including charging of different levies, duties and taxes, and further disbursement of above collections to the different heads.
As proceedings started, the chief justice noted that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had informed that it did not have any authority to fix POL prices. The court observed that the petitioner could challenge method through a separate petition as he had received the required information. OGRA’s counsel said that it did not have any role in fixing POL prices or matters linked to it. He said that the Economic Coordination Council allowed deregulating the oil prices in 2011 and the Ministry of Water and Power had issued a notification in this regard.
The court observed that the petitioner could challenge the notification and the court would determine whether the administration could abolish powers of the regulatory authority.
At this stage, the counsel for the petitioner sought permission to withdraw the petition by saying that he would challenge the notification. The chief justice dismissed the petition as being withdrawn.
Separately, a division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday turned down the request of bail for Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) leader Malik Ishaq with directions that the applicant should approach the subordinate court for this relief.
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