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- Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - From Print Edition




JUSTICE Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court on Monday declined to hear a petition seeking appointment of judges in high courts through written test and interview after advertising the posts properly.


As the court took up case on Monday, the judge informed the petitioner’s lawyer AK Dogar that he could not hear the instant case as he was a member of judicial commission for appointment of judges in the LHC.


Justice Nasir returned the petition to LHC chief for its fixation before another bench. The instant petition was filed in third week of February. On February 26, the LHC registrar office had raised objection on the petition which was removed by the same judge. However, the judge didn’t proceed further.


The Lawyers Foundation through its President Syed Feroz Shah Gilani moved the petition by submitting the appointment of judges in high courts and Supreme Court without conducting written and psychology test and interview was a violation of merit. The eligible lawyers were disappointed when posts for judges in higher judiciary were not advertised and filled by a selection process disallowing many competent candidates from sitting in examination for the slots. He had requested the court to issue directions to quarters concerned to fill the vacant posts of judge in higher judiciary after written test and interview.


Contempt notice: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued contempt notice to Punjab University vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran and registrar Dr Rass Rasood Khan for taking action against a professor allegedly involved in a scandal without carrying out a thorough inquiry into incident.


Justice Shujaat Ali Khan issued this order on the petition moved by former director of ICS. The petitioner pointed out that LHC had ordered university authorities to investigate into allegations levelled against Dr Naz within 15 days. But PU authorities did not submit inquiry report and instead VC Dr Mujahid Kamran suspended him for 90 days.


He prayed the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondent VC and registrar for not complying with LHC order. Professor Naz is facing allegations of sexual harassing a female student.