LHC adjourns govt petition against Elahi for indefinite period
By News Desk
July 11, 2023 08:45 PM
The Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by the Punjab government against the dismissal of Parvez Elahi's cases for an indefinite period without proceeding.
According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the Punjab government has challenged the decision of a lower court in which former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was discharged in three cases of corruption.
Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafique was to hear the requests of the Punjab government.
The petition filed by the prosecutor general Punjab Parvez Elahi and the judge of the concerned court has been made parties.
The petition held that Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was involved in corruption cases and there is clear evidence of commission and abuse of authority by him in the construction of roads.
The application stated Parvez Elahi was produced in the court of a magistrate for physical remand and the police and the prosecution officer requested the court for the physical remand of the accused. But, the court
disregarding the stand of the prosecution, discharged the accused in three cases.
The Punjab government maintained in the petition that it is against the law to discharge the accused before the investigation. “Physical remand of the accused for completion of the investigation is a legal requirement.”
It prayed that the Lahore High Court should declare the order of the magistrate to discharge the case null and void.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court could not hear the petitions filed by the Punjab government against the dismissal of former Punjab Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti involved in two anti-corruption cases.
Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafique was to hear the appeal of the Punjab government.
The court had directed Muhammad Khan Bhatti to comply and submit the report.
In the government's appeal, the lower court’s decision to discharge Muhammad Khan Bhatti in two cases was challenged.
The petition held that there are serious allegations of corruption against Muhammad Khan Bhatti. “There are evidence and circumstantial witnesses, but despite all this, the anti-corruption court Gujranwala and Lahore discharged Muhammad Khan Bhatti.”
It appealed to the apex court to annul the decision to discharge Muhammad Khan Bhatti from the cases.