LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday stopped implementation on bailable arrest warrants earlier issued for Federal Ombudsperson, Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace, Justice (R) Yasmin Abbasi.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed these orders while hearing a contempt petition filed by Salim Baig and Khurram Baig against the ombudsperson.
As proceedings started, Federal Secretary Law Raza Khan and SP city Islamabad Ahmad Iqbal appeared before the court on being summoned.
In response to a court query, the federal secretary informed that federal ombudsperson was an independent institution and the ministry did not have any control over it.
The SP submitted that he went to ombudsperson secretariat for compliance of the court orders but it was learnt that the ombudsperson was on leave for two-days.
However, Vice-Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Azam Nazir Tarar, President Supreme Court Bar Association Syed Ali Zafar and other bar representatives requested the court to stop implementation on bailable arrest warrants for Federal Ombudsperson, Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace, Justice (R) Yasmin Abbasey.
They said that an opportunity should be given to the ombudsperson for appearing before the court at his own.At this, the court stopped implementation on bailable arrest warrants and adjourned the matter till February 12.
The court also closed contempt proceedings earlier initiated against Registrar ombudsperson secretariat for using contemptuous language in a letter submitted before the court.
It is pertinent to mention that the court had issued bailable arrest warrants of the ombudsperson after she failed to appear twice, despite being summoned to explain reasons for violating court orders.
The court issued bailable arrest warrants on a contempt petition filed Salim Baig and Khurram Baig submitting that the court stopped proceedings pending with Federal Ombudsperson against them on November 3. But the Ombudsperson violated the orders by continuing proceedings and issuing orders on November 6, despite communication of the court restraining orders, they added.
They contended that the Ombudsperson committed contempt of court and pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondent.