Lahore: Contempt charges against PbBC members dropped
LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dropped contempt of court proceedings against Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) vice chairman (VC) Tariq Javed Warraich, executive committee chairman Syed Arbab and four other members, and restored their practice licences.
The licences had been suspended after they made ‘contemptuous’ remarks against the judges who took oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).
Warraich, along with other PbBC members, appeared before the bench, comprising Justice Mian Muhammad Najamuz Zaman, Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq, Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Asghar Haider. Advocate Ahmad Awais, who appeared before the bench on behalf of the respondents, told Daily Times that he had informed the court that the PbBC had uttered those remarks on behalf of the legal fraternity across the province.
On a question, he said he had not given any assurance about the non-occurrence of such incidents in the future. PbBC secretary Akbar Bhatti presented a record of the PbBC about the respondents. Earlier, the full bench had suspended practice licences of the PbBC executive committee chairman and its four other members after holding them guilty of misconduct.
The bench took action after the PbBC office bearers’ suspended the LHC order. The LHC registrar had placed a report before the bench about the PbBC order. Those PbBC members, whose licenses were being cancelled, are Tariq Javed Warraich, Syed Arbab, Amir Jalil Siddiqui, Rana Ziaur Rehman, Iqbal Mohal and Asif Ali Malik.
The court had issued show cause notices to them seeking an explanation as to why their licences could not be cancelled.
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