LAHORE - The sudden return of a Civil Judge Azeem Akhtar Rana, who went missing mysteriously on Thursday night, gave a sigh of relief to his family members.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Punjab Police Inspector General Habibur Rehman were alerted on Friday when the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) office bearers brought the matter into their notice.

The chief justice was informed that Azeem Akhtar was missing mysteriously when he left his house, located at Johar Town, by telling his wife that he was going to inquire about the health of his friend at a hospital, a senior police officer told TheNation.

The official, not willing to disclose his identity, said two phone numbers of the civil judge went off when he crossed Chung at 8:00pm on Thursday.

Quoting family members, the official said, they informed the police on Friday morning when he did not return back. He added the Johar Town police first recorded a missing report, but later registered an FIR under Section 365(kidnap) of the PPC when the LHC chief justice sought report from the IGP following media tickers about the disappearance of the civil judge.

As the police started investigations, a maternal uncle informed the police about the sudden arrival of the judge. The spokesman of city police also confirmed the return of the judge.