FAISALABAD, May 5: A lawyer on Saturday hurled a shoe at an additional district and sessions judge while reacting to a “verdict against his wish”.
A month and a half earlier, a lawyer had committed the brazen act of beating up a civil judge in Faisalabad.
The enraged lawyer, Maqsood Ahmed hurled a shoe at AD&SJ Asad Ali who did not order a property to be sealed. On being informed, the fellow judges stopped performing their duties and went to their retiring rooms.
A joint meeting of the judges was also convened in which it was decided that the issue must be brought to the notice of the Lahore High Court for action.
Sources said the judges apprised the LHC of the episode and a meeting of the high court administrative committee said it would take up the issue during Monday’s meeting.The judges announced that they would resume their duties only after an appropriate action by the LHC.
Meanwhile, the District Bar Association cancelled the membership of the lawyer. Bar president Munawar Sindhu told Dawn the general house meeting of the lawyers had been convened for Monday to decide the future course of action.
He said the lawyer had been summoned to give his version on Monday. He said only it was reported that the lawyer wanted to get his inherited property sealed but the judge gave a verdict against it.
The litigants were left high and dry as no dates were given to them for resumption of cases.
This was the fourth incident of lawyers’ misbehaviour with judges in Faisalabad in the last couple of years. On March 19 last, civil judge Azhar Ali Jaffari was manhandled by lawyer Mohsin Nabeel in his court. The lawyer let loose his indignation when the judge had cancelled the bail application of an accused booked under section 398 and 406 of PPC.
Reacting to the incident, Mr Jaffari performed duties for more than one week without using his presiding chair.
On April 5, 2011, two lawyers Tanvir and Abid subjected judicial magistrate Rehmat Ali and his subordinates to severe torture and injured them over the dispute of motorcycle challan.
In March 2010, civil judge Tariq Kahot was tortured by lawyer Liaquat Javed. The observation of the civil judge relating to a rent dispute angered the lawyer who also abused the judge and his court staff.