Bar protest against Lawyer’s verdict persists – Lawyers in Punjab on Saturday, observed a complete strike in courts across the cities to protest the conviction of a lawyer over a contempt of court charge for not wearing a gown while appearing in the court of a senior puisne judge of the Lahore High Court.
A new division comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najfi and Justice Muhammad Waheed Khan bench was constituted to hear the lawyer’s appeal and objected that the bench could not hear the case until the accused lawyer surrendered himself to authorities.
The lawyers boycotted proceedings in the district courts across 36 districts in Punjab. Thousands of cases were delayed due to the absence of the legal community from the courts.
Reportedly, Rana Muhammad Asif wore his black gown inside the courtroom when Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan told the lawyer that he should have worn the gown before entering the courtroom.