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Lawyer sent to jail for misbehaving with LHC judge

11:25 PM | 8 Apr, 2024
LHC sentences lawyer to six months in jail
Source: LHC website

In a rare verdict on Monday, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan sentenced a lawyer to six months in jail for misbehaving with a judge.

Lawyer Zahid Mahmood Goraya was accused of committing misconduct during a hearing in the court of Justice Sultan Tanvir Ahmad of the Lahore High Court. In consequence, the judge sent a reference against Goraya to the LHC chief justice and sought action against him.

A show-cause notice was issued to Goraya under the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution, and he appeared before the court to defend himself. 

Goraya had tendered an unconditional apology last week, but Justice Khan indicted him under the contempt charges. Goraya had told reporters that the misconduct was never intended; it just happened on the spur of the moment. He said the judge had accepted his apology and promised to withdraw the reference.

As Justice Khan resumed the hearing on Monday, Goraya appeared before the court along with his lawyer, LHC Bar Association President Asad Manzoor Butt. Punjab Prosecutor General Farhad Ali Shah was also present.

At the outset of the hearing, Goraya repeatedly asked the court to adjourn the proceedings and resume the hearing after Eidul Fitr 2024. “I am seeking forgiveness from the court. Even if I am sentenced, I will still seek forgiveness,” Goraya said.

At the hearing, which lasted for more than three-and-a-half hours, the court recorded testimonies of three witnesses. Goraya then sought the court’s permission to go to the washroom, pleading that he was suffering from diabetes. Responding to Goraya's plea, the LHC chief justice said “every other person nowadays” is a diabetes patient.

On this occasion, lawyer Asad Manzoor also asked the court to forgive Goraya. He said, “We will go to Justice Tanvir and seek forgiveness from him [too]."

However, Justice Khan said, “I have taken an oath under the Constitution.” He sentenced Goraya to six months in prison and told the police to take him to jail. The judge also imposed a Rs100,000 fine on Goraya.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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