LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned till June 23 the hearing of a constitutional petition against the presidential pardon granted to Interior Minister Rehman Malik by President Asif Ali Zardari. A full bench headed by Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry is hearing the petition challenging presidential pardon granted to Malik after dismissal of his appeals by a court against his three years conviction in corruption cases. On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat being ill could not appear before the court to assist it in proceedings and thus the hearing was adjourned. The petition has been filed by Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, media advisor of the Save Judiciary Committee, through Barrister Farooq Hassan against remission of sentence of Rehman Malik by President Zardari under Article 45 of the Constitution. The petitioner contended that the remission was made in violation of the set procedure for such a pardon or remission under the Constitution. Barrister Farooq took a plea if someone was convicted in any court he had the right to file appeal against his sentence in the Supreme Court (SC) and if his petition was not heard in the apex court or decision was given against him then he could file mercy appeal with the President. He pleaded that the Interior Minister had not approached the SC in this connection. It was possible. Had he resorted to the SC, it would have set aside the decision of the high court, he said and added that Malik instead of going to the SC approached President Zardari. The President on the other hand, he submitted, pardoned the sentence of Rehman Malik on political basis. He prayed to the court to restore the sentence immediately which had been pardoned by the President. Malik was guilty and had committed a crime and his offence could not be quashed by any law, he maintained. It was also laid down in the petition that Article 45 of the Constitution had been abused by the President for pardoning the conviction of Interior Minister and even legal formalities were not met. President Zardari had exercised his power after the restoration of the conviction by the high court, therefore, the remission granted by him be nullified, the petitioner requested.