A 12-member Legislative Council inquiry into the row over ex-housing chief Leung Chin-man's employment by New World China Land has decided to continue its hearings, despite a request from New World to temporarily adjourn. Citing the Basic Law and an ongoing court case against the government, a New World China Land letter to the inquiry on Wednesday requested an adjournment for New World China Land chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun and the company's executive director, Stewart Leung Chi-kin. Mr Cheng and Stewart Leung were to testify before the inquiry for the third time this month. It is now not known when they will next testify. Li Fung-ying, chairwoman of the committee investigating matters related to Leung Chin-man's post-civil-service employment, said anybody summoned to appear before the inquiry must show up, without exception. Speaking after a three-hour closed-door committee meeting yesterday, inquiry deputy chairman Lee Wing-tat explained its decision. 'There is definitely no violation of the Basic Law,' he said. 'It is unnecessary to delay, amend or adjourn the scheduled hearings. The continuation of hearings is in line with the Basic Law.' Ms Li said the New World China Land letter to the inquiry raised concerns over fairness to the pair in the coming hearings, which will focus on the sale of Hunghom Peninsula estate. 'It said in the letter that a subsidiary of the company is currently involved in court proceedings with the government,' she said. 'The company said the court and Legco might summon the pair as witnesses, raising concerns that this might be unfair to them and it might violate the Basic Law.' In July 2003, New World subsidiary First Star Development filed a High Court claim against the government and the Housing Authority for losses allegedly incurred when sales of Home Ownership Scheme flats at Hunghom Peninsula were frozen in 2002. Last month, Mr Cheng told the inquiry that the court case was still proceeding. Referring to a Legco inquiry on the short-piling scandal in 2001, Mr Lee said that hearing continued despite a related court case proceeding at the time. 'With the advice of the Legco, the inquiry continued during the court case period. We didn't find any contradiction.' On Thursday, a Chinese-language newspaper reported New World China Land's legal advisers had contended that the two company executives' testimony before the inquiry would violate Basic Law provisions about the right to confidential legal advice, access to courts, a choice of lawyers and protection of their rights. Civic Party leader and senior counsel Audrey Eu Yuet-mee disagreed with the claim that the pairs' rights would be violated, saying that Legco and the judiciary were looking at different issues. Leung Chin-man, director of housing in 2004, was heavily criticised when the government sold Hunghom Peninsula, a never-occupied subsidised housing estate, for barely half its asking price to a consortium including a New World subsidiary. He will give his first testimony before the inquiry on Saturday.