LHC suspends Session Court order against PEMRA Chief

LHC suspends Session Court order against PEMRA Chief

LAHORE: (APP) Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday suspended a sessions court order for registration of case against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Absar Alam.

Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmad passed the orders on a petition, filed by PEMRA chairman, challenging the sessions court order.

During the hearing, the petitioner's counsel Amir Saeedra submitted that on a plea, filed by a local lawyer, Gujranwala sessions court ordered the police to register a case against the PEMRA chairman over his failure to stop anti-army campaign by different TV channels.

He contended that the orders passed by the subordinate court were not sustainable in the eyes of the law. He submitted that if any person was aggrieved of TV channels broadcast, then he could approach the PEMRA council of complaints. He further submitted that the complainant could approach the high court if the council fails to address the grievance within a specific time period.

Moreover, he maintained that the sessions court was not an appropriate forum for the purpose.

The court, after hearing initial arguments, suspended the sessions court order and issued notices for April 20.