Private TV's story misleading: Court -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Private TV’s story misleading: Court

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday refuted the authenticity of a news story aired by a private TV channel on February 18, 2010 last where in one Muhammad Siddique, resident of Gujranwala, was featured to have been facing hardships in civil courts for recovery of the possession of his land since 1986.

In a Press release issued here Friday, the LHC Registrar noted with regret that this Court had deeply probed the matter in the light of the story and found it absolutely incorrect.

It was discovered that a suit brought by M Siddique in 1995 was decreed in his favour in 1998, and three applications filed by him subsequently for execution of the decree were rejected as being not maintainable under the law.

The Registrar said he never called in question the rejection of these applications before any higher forum but brought another suit on May 13, 2008, which in fact was his irst suit for possession, the previous one being for perpetual injunction.

The hearing s being conducted in accordance with law. This court deplores private TV’s featuring a false story.

The registrar’s statement added that respecting freedom pf expression guaranteed in the Constitution as well as the value of free media, the court (LHC) hopes that the media will behave in a responsible and sensible manner while producing a story relating to courts.
Source: The Nation
Date:2/27/2010