Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed an assistant advocate general to submit a reply on a petition filed by a Chinese company against Kasur police for confiscating donkey hides belonging to the petitioner.
Petitioner Ho Longbin, a representative of Globin, submitted that on September 6, Kasur police had raided their tannery in Deen Garh and confiscated 1,015 hides. He said the police had also registered an FIR under Section 270 (an act likely to spread infection dangerous to life), 429 (killing or maiming cattle) and 379 (theft) of the Pakistan Penal Code against three company workers.
He said they had been obtaining animal hides for 20 years from the Kasur market. He said police had wrongfully mentioned in the FIR that the hides belonged to some Pakistani men.
The petitioner said he had approached a judicial magistrate and an additional district and sessions judge for the recovery of the hides but was yet to receive any relief in this regard. He requested the court to issue directions to the police to return the hides to him. He said the lot was worth Rs40 million and would be destroyed if timely action was not taken.
PFA reply sought on plea by restaurant owners
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of Lahore High Court (LHC) asked the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Friday to explain under which law it posted photos of eateries it raided. The judge was hearing a petition filed by the Restaurant Owners’ Association. He said the identity of an accused should not be exposed until a court declared him guilty.Advocate Pir Masood Chishti told the judge that PFA Operations Director Ayesha Mumtaz had posted photos of the restaurants she had raided on Facebook and other social media websites.
Chishti said she had declared many businessmen criminals on her own thereby damaging the reputation of their restaurants. This had inflicted heavy losses on them, he said.
Justice Shah ordered the PFA to submit a report on the matter in four days.
Plea for revision of Christian Marriages Act disposed of
Lahore High Court (LHC) disposed of a petition on Friday seeking reforms in the Christian Marriage Act, 1872.
The court observed that it could not intervene in a policy matter. Bishop Jan Nisar Asif had filed the petition submitting that the colonial-era law did not meet modern-day requirements. He said the law required those licensed to grant marriage certificates to have their permits renewed every five years. He said the impugned Act also set minimum qualification of matriculation to acquire a licence for certifying marriages. He said there was no such provision for Muslims marriage registrars. The Human Rights Department secretary submitted that the government was already considering amendments to the Act. He said it had taken community representatives into confidence over the matter. He also presented a report in this regard.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah disposed of the application saying that it was a policy matter.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2015.