Judge Baqir Ali Rana of the anti-terrorism has asked the Lahore High Court to be excused from hearing the case.
Rana sent a formal request to the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday, Oct 20, saying he could not continue with the proceedings because of "unavoidable reasons".
Official said that the request is currently pending with the Chief Justice's office.
According to sources, Rana took the step as he felt he was under pressure from the government and other quarters with regard to the trial of the seven suspects, including key Lashker-e-Taiba operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah.
Reports also claims that Rana has received threats from the LeT because the suspects were indicted in the absence of their lawyers during a hearing on Oct 10.