Several judicial magistrates took a short leave on Tuesday to protest against allegeded misconduct by Lahore Bar Association’s (LBA) vice-president after a magistrate refused to grant bail to his client.
Court staff said that LBA Vice President Zameer Ahmed Jhedu had appeared in Irfan Basra’s court and asked him to grant bail to a suspect in an abduction case. The judge replied that the court needed to wait for the complainant and his counsel. They said Jhedu used derogatory language, in response to the judge’s observation. The court staff said he had also threatened that he would not let them work in the courts. The judicial magistrate then approached the acting district and sessions judge. Jhedu said he had not misbehaved with any judge, and alleged that judges sit idle in their retiring rooms and do not work.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 5th, 2014.
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