LAHORE – Inspection of district courts throughout Punjab was started on Monday to improve the justice system and reduce the litigants’ problems.

Courts in major cities will be inspected in the first phase. The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice has nominated an LHC judge to monitor the performance of district courts in each district of Punjab.

On the directions of Justice Sagheer Ahmad Qadri, the inspection judge of district courts in Lahore, a five-member team carried out inspection of civil and session courts in the City.

The team was headed by Member Inspection Team (MIT) Abdul Sattar, LHC representative Jawadul Hassan and three additional MITs. The team inspected record of the decided cases of additional district and sessions judges and prepared their performance report.

During this exercise, registers of the court staff were also examined. The inspection will continue on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday (tomorrow). Inspection of jails is included in the task.

Also, District and Sessions Judge (AD&SJ) Malik Tariq Mehmood Zargham marked the case to AD&SJ Anjum Raza regarding after-arrest bail of an accused Zubair Iqbal, Director Orient Labs, allegedly involved in showing negligence that caused a factory collapse that engulfed the lives of around 26 people.

The court summoned the petitioner’s counsel for arguments. Earlier AD&SJ Malik Tariq Mehmood Zargham on Thursday had referred the case to another district and sessions judge because of personal reasons.

In previous proceedings, the judge had directed the counsel of the accused for counter arguments after prosecution and counsel for the victims completed their arguments.

Victim’s counsel advocate Khalid Rasheed, in previous proceedings, submitted that the owners of the Orient Labs were well aware of the dilapidated condition of the factory. He contended that his client had moved more than 20 applications in the Environment Department, LDA and other departments.

The departments also served notices on the factory owners intimating them about the poor condition of the factory, but they turned a deaf ear to the matter.