LAHORE - There seems to be no end to the controversy over holding of presidential bye-election of the Lahore High Court Bar Association as former presidents have announced to hold fresh election on June 6 while the incumbent body has strongly rejected the notion saying 'they are living in fools paradise. Early in the day, former presidents led by Arif Chaudhry held a press conference and announced the election schedule, accusing Munawwar Gondal of damaging bars prestige by bringing 'miscreants to disrupt house proceedings. The way things are going on in the bar it is clear that the Professional Group led by Hamid Khan is not ready to give any room to Gondal who is also not ready to give it up and seems prepared to fight till the end. He targeted Hamid Khan whom he believed is the mastermind behind this ugly episode. He blamed that Khan followed the agenda of elements with vested interests in the lawyers movement. Former presidents said MA Shahid Siddiqui had left a letter addressed to bar members calling upon to hold a fresh presidential election for the remaining term. They said two resolutions had been moved in the bar to announce election schedule, which were fixed for April 29. However, Kayani Hall was overpowered by non-members brought by Gondal and they were constrained to hold house meeting at the bars compound. The overwhelming majority of members had passed a resolution to hold the fresh election, they said. Pursuant to the resolution, we have decided to hold fresh election on June 6 and request Manzoor Malik, a senior advocate, to make necessary arrangements in this regard. Meanwhile, dismissing all claims of the former presidents, Munawwar Gondal said they had no legal authority whatsoever to announce election, as it was the duty and prerogative of the bars cabinet. He said 91 presidents had served the bar since its inception and only five of them were making efforts to oust him to fulfil their nefarious designs. He appealed to the bar members to foil efforts to divide the bar and said under the bar rules the former presidents did not enjoy any authority or privilege, adding they were simply the bar members like others. Addl MIT pays surprise visit to session court Following the directives of Chief Justice Lahore High Court, Additional Member Inspection Team (MIT) Ghaffar Jalil on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Sessions and Civil Courts of Narowal. The Additional MIT took notice of problems faced by litigants at the courts and issued necessary directions in this regard. During his visit the Addl MIT found all the judicial officers present in their courtrooms. He also heard problems of accused kept in judicial lock-ups and ordered the authorities to do needful in this regard. Ghaffar Jalil took notice of a case pending for last eleven years. He with bars cooperation arranged a lawyer for a poor litigant and issued directives to search case record of an accused causing his non-appearance before the court.