Hamza, Punjab govt fined for not submitting reply in petitions seeking CM’s removal
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Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs100,000 each on Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz and Punjab government for not timely submitting a reply in response to the petitions seeking removal of the chief minister, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The LHC chief justice heard the petitions of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, MPA Sibtain Khan and others.
On behalf of the Punjab government, Additional Advocate General Chaudhry Jawad Yaqoob appeared before the court, whereas, on behalf of Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, Mansoor Awan Advocate and other law officers appeared before the court and requested to grant some time for submitting a reply.
At this, the chief justice said, “You should have submitted the reply two days ago.”
The PTI lawyer adopted before the court that Hamza Shahbaz did not have the majority of votes.
The chief justice said, “The question is not whether there is a majority of vote or not. The question is whether the decision of the Supreme Court will be applied from the past or not. If the decision is applied from the past, the whole situation will be clear.”
The chief justice also fined Hamza Shehbaz and the Punjab government Rs100,000 each, stating that the fine be submitted to the account of LHC bar for its dispensary.
The chief justice gave time to the chief minister for submitting his reply till May 30.