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Lawyer slaps civil judge in Faisalabad

March 23, 2010

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The district and sessions judge and other judges were satisfied with the bar's decision to suspend the advocates membership and recommend to the PBC to cancel his licence. - Photo by APP.
FAISALABAD A lawyer slapped a civil judge across the face on Monday when an observation made by the latter in a case relating to a rent dispute angered him.

Advocate Liaqat Javed had appeared before civil judge Tariq Mehmood and complained to the judge that a court bailiff had taken into custody his client Shehzad Mehmood, the accused in the case, although he had deposited the amount of default.

The judge reportedly told the lawyer that he had not yet received the receipt of the payment. The remark angered the lawyer who allegedly started abusing the judge and the staff of the court.

When other civil judges of district courts heard about the incident, they suspended work and demanded a stern action, including registration of a case against the lawyer.

The district bar has convened a meeting to discuss the matter and suspended the membership of the lawyer.

A delegation of the district bar association met the judge and informed him that the membership of the lawyer had been suspended and his case would be forwarded to the Punjab Bar Council for cancellation of his licence.

Faisalabad bar president S.M. Iqbal, who met the district and sessions judge on Monday night, denied reports that some judges had resigned in protest against the incident.

Talking to Dawn, he said the district and sessions judge and other judges were satisfied with the bar's decision to suspend the Mr Javed's membership and recommend to the PBC to cancel his licence. He said the judges would resume work on Wednesday.