Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam observed on Monday that federal law officers are deliberately frustrating proceedings in cases of public importance.
CJ Alam was speaking during the hearing of a constitutional petition on determining milk prices in Karachi. The order came when no one was representing the federal or provincial governments in a petition filed by the All Karachi Milk Retailer Welfare Association.
“It seems that despite a larger number of deputy attorney generals, standing counsel and federal counsel, the cases of the federation are not being represented, either deliberately or by design to frustrate the legal proceedings or they [law officers] have their own private engagements which cause delays in the disposal of cases.”
The bench recalled that the court office sent a copy of the order to the federal law secretary, who was asked to “take remedial measures under intimations to this court to regulate the working of DAG office in the province of Sindh”.
The bench was told that AAG Sarwar Khan appearing for the provincial government is unwell. It asked for another AAG Adnan A Karim, who appeared in an earlier case for the Sindh government, to appear along with Khan when he recovers. The petition was adjourned till May 9.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2011.