Contempt Plea Against CM Re-filed In LHC
A CONTEMPT of court petition has been moved again in the Lahore High Court against Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for giving approval for constructing library, restaurant and car parking etc at Doongi ground, Gulberg, in violation of court’s order that had stopped construction of million dollars IMAX theatre there and maintained status quo in all respect.
A five-member full bench will hear the petition on July 7 (today). The bench comprises Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, Justice Sh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.
Earlier, the LHC office had put objection over the petition, saying the certified copy of meeting minutes in which the CM gave approval for construction of library etc was not attached with petition.
The petitioner removed the objection and filed it again. The petitioner, Muhammad Azhar Siddique, chairman of the Judicial Activism Panel, has said the previous Punjab government led by Pervaiz Elahi had started the project in 2006 to convert a public park into IMAX theatre but the LHC had issued a stay order that was also maintained by the Supreme Court. The case is now pending before a five-member full bench of the LHC.
The petitioner said the incumbent Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif without waiting for the outcome of instant case had approved construction of a library, gymnasium, bowling alley etc in a meeting held on February 7 at Jallo Park.
The petitioner said conversion of Doongi ground and its use other than that of a play ground was clear violation of court’s order passed on February 23, 2006.
The petitioner said the respondent CM, commissioner of Lahore and director general of the Lahore Development Authority had interfered and disobeyed court’s order that was tantamount to contempt of court.