Lahore:Lahore High court chief justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Thursday warned the woman-the lawyer/applicant heavy penalty if it failed to prove that the holding of the session of the Assembly of the Punjab in a private hotel is illegal.
At the beginning of the hearing, the chief justice asked the lawyer Anjum Hamid, the applicant, cite the law that clearly restricted from holding session outside the Assembly premises. He also noted that petitions should not be submitted for advertising in the media. The lawyer said that business rules are not specified anywhere in the Assembly; however, public money is misused in the case of holding the session in a private place, probably because Covid-19 pandemic. She said that the impugned act amounted to disloyalty to the country.
Chief justice Khan warned the plaintiff’s lawyer that she tried to question the loyalty of all members of the Assembly. The judge opposed the petition and stated that the Governor of the Punjab allowed the speaker of the Assembly to hold a session at any appropriate place.
CJ asked the Advisor to the government, whether the Governor may delegate his powers to the speaker. “What if the speaker shall convene a session of the Assembly in his residence? Maybe some members not wanted to attend the session at the residence of the speaker,” he further asked the officer of the law. CJ sought a detailed response from the government at the next meeting, and noted that the petition be dismissed with a fine of Rs500,000 if the applicant fails to establish its case. The lawyer in his petition said that holding the session in a private hotel on the taxpayers ‘ money was against austerity policies, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.
She asked the court to summon all the details of expenses incurred on session in private place and order the relevant authorities to recover the amount.
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