LHC bench recuses itself from hearing petition for not making Model Town report public

A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday recused itself from hearing any cases pertaining to the 2014 Model Town incident while instructing that a new full bench should be formed to pursue the case.

A full bench comprising interim LHC Chief Justice Yawar Ali, Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi had to take up the government’s intra-court appeal challenging the decision of a LHC single bench in favor of releasing Justice Ali Baqar Najafi’s inquiry report of the 2014 incident.

However, instead of taking the matter up, the bench ordered that a new full bench should be created to hear the Model Town case while sidelining itself from the case for “personal” reasons.

A single bench comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi had on Sept 21 ordered Punjab home secretary to make public the ‘Justice Najafi report’ and also provide a copy of the document to the families of those killed and injured in the incident.

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