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Pak SC imposes fine for delaying Saeed case

world Updated: Oct 23, 2009 01:54 IST

Pakistan's Supreme Court hearing petitions against the release from house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, blamed by India for masterminding Mumbai attacks, today imposed fine of Rs 10,000 each on federal and Punjab governments for delaying the case with their "non-cooperative attitude".

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry also adjourned the mater for a month.

During today's hearing, the bench first temporarily adjourned proceedings after it was informed that Punjab government's counsel was pre-occupied with another case.

Later, the apex court adjourned the matter for a month after imposing the fine of Rs 10,000 each on the federal and Punjab governments for delaying the case and their "non-cooperative attitude.".

Saeed, also the founder of LeT, was placed under house arrest in December last year after the UN Security Council declared the JuD a terrorist group. He was freed on the orders of the Lahore High Court on June 2.

Subsequently, the federal and Punjab governments filed two petitions in the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court's order.