Preparations for filing ICA afoot

LHC verdict on Model Town murder case


LAHORE: An application has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) registrar office to obtain a certified copy of the orders of Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa, who had upheld the orders of a sessions court about registration of murder case against 21 federal and provincial authorities, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, on August 26. 
The application has been submitted to obtain the certified copy for filing an intra-court appeal (ICA) against the verdict of the single judge before a bench of two or more judges.
Justice Bajwa had dismissed the application filed by federal ministers Pervaiz Rasheed, Khwaja Asif, Khwaja Saad Rafiq and state minister Abid Sher Ali, who had challenged the sessions court’s orders for registration of case against 21 respondents allegedly involved in killing of 14 people in Model Town on June 17.
LHC to hear plea to get Model Town incident investigated by SC today: Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti, of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Thursday (today) will hear a petition to set aside the judicial inquiry of Model Town incident of June 17 and issue directions to the government to get the inquiry conducted by a judicial commission consisting of Supreme Court judges.
Earlier, the petition came up for hearing before Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh on Tuesday (August 26) but he recused himself from hearing it because of personal reasons.
A lawyer, Muhammad Irfan, filed the petition through his counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique, who stated that the inquiry held by an LHC judge was one-sided as no representative of the aggrieved party (Minhajul Quran) appeared before it. The petitioner sought a direction for constitution of a judicial commission consisting of SC judges in view of suggestions made by the representatives of the aggrieved party that they have faith in the apex court. 
He stated that the inquiry conducted by the LHC judge was vague, uncertain and had failed to cater to the confronting issues. He stated that the inquiry should be reviewed and that it may be set aside if it has failed to unearth the real culprits.
He also requested the court to direct the government to provide him final findings of the Model Town inquiry tribunal in view of Article 19-A of the constitution and that the same findings may also be placed on the record of the court. 
He also sought an amendment to the relevant law to enhance jurisdiction, power and authority of a tribunal, so that its recommendations may not only be implemented but enforced as a judicial order and that any failure on part of the government to implement any such recommendations may lead to legal action.

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