LAHORE - For repeatedly ignoring the orders of Lahore High Court, Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan issued contempt notice to Lahore Development Authority Director General Ahad Cheema and put off the hearing until July 22.

Former LDA DG Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and sitting DG Ahad Cheema both were due to appear in the court on a petition seeking action against LDA officials for illegally possessing 12.5 marlas land of a mosque near Kalma Chowk and constructing a road. However, Ahad Cheema could not appear in the court but the ex-DG Abdul Jabbar Shaheen appeared and said: “I am sorry for not appearing in the court.”

Shaheen said that he did not know about the notices and no one even conveyed him about the directions and notices issued to him. On it, the judge admonished the counsel of LDA Waqar A Sheikh and observed that: “Your assistance to the court is not appreciable and why did you not convey the seriousness of the case to your officials?”

Addressing Shaheen, the judge observed that: “The court is sorry for summoning you and allowed him to leave the courtroom.” However, the judge expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Waqar A Sheikh.

When the judge asked Waqar that why Cheema could not come to the court, he replied that: “Cheema is in Islamabad to attend a meeting despite his ailment.” On it, Justice Khan remarked that: “He may go to attend a meeting in Islamabad despite his ailment and cannot come to the court apparently seems that courts’ orders do not have importance before him.”

He remarked “It is tantamount to the contempt of court.”

On April 8, the court had constituted a local commission to examine the disputed piece of land which was illegally occupied by LDA and directed the LDA officials to assist the commission. But neither the officials assisted the commission nor did they pay it fee, thus, they violated the court order and committed the contempt of court.

A local mosque management had challenged the act of Lahore Development Authority for illegally possessing land measuring 12 marla near Kalma Chowk to construct a road in 2011.

NA-98 case adjourned

An election tribunal Friday directed the counsel of MNA Tariq Mahmood of PML-N to come up with final arguments in a petition challenging his victory from NA-98 and put off the hearing until June 27.

PPP leader Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, who is petitioner in the case, also submitted his fine Rs 10,000 for not complying with the court’s orders. Farooq Amjad, the petitioner’s counsel, told the judge that Tariq Mahmood got a fake diploma and after a short time he also got a degree.

He alleged that he had stolen the mandate of the general public. The counsel prayed the court to set aside his victory and order re-election in the constituency.

After completion of arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, the tribunal judge asked the defense counsel to come up with his final arguments on the case and adjourned the hearing.