LAHORE – The courts would not pardon the government officers regularly making mockery of the judicial verdicts, remarked Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) while hearing a contempt petition against the Highway Department officers.

Expressing displeasure over the government officers’ behavior towards judicial orders, the court issued a show-cause notice to a section officer of the department for terming court proceedings as unnecessary.

Justice Khan was hearing the contempt petition filed by a construction company (AD&Co) seeking implementation of a court’s earlier order to decide petitioner’s application seeking release of its due amount against the Highway Department.

Following the court directions, South Chief Engineer Qaiser Khayam and other officers appeared before the court along with a report of enlistment committee of the department.

Quoting the report, petitioner’s counsel said the enlistment committee had put ban on the company for three months because it had approached the court for releasing of due amount against construction work. And, the department had termed the company’s filing of petition in the LHC ‘unnecessary litigation’, the counsel pointed out.

He said the department had not only defied the court orders but also had reduced the company’s bill to Rs2.347 million from 17.2 million just to punish the petitioner.

Taking strict notice of the words ‘unnecessary litigation’, the court inquired from the chief engineer who had written these words.

The chief engineer said a Section Officer Muhammad Saddique had written these words and he had no concern with these words. At this, the court remarked the government officers had adopted a policy to make mockery the judicial orders.

“Whosoever, government officer, wish and start making mockery the court orders. And, courts have no pardon for such officers,” Justice Khan observed while admonishing chief engineer and his accomplices.

The judge issued a show-cause notice to the section officer stating why not contempt proceedings would be initiated against him. The court directed the contemnor and other respondents to appear on Sep 10.

NOTICE TO MAO COLLEGE PRINCIPAL: The LHC on Monday sought reply from Government MAO College principal for banning entry of a BCom student to the institute.

Adnan Ashfaq, a student of 4th semester of BCom, filed a petition through his counsel Asim Faraz Khan and submitted that the college principal had put a ban on him and restrained him from entering the institute without giving reasons. He informed the court hat he had a good educational record in the college. He said the ban on his entry into the college was adversely affecting his studies because final examinations were on near.

He requested the court to declare ban on his entry as illegal and unlawful and direct the principal not the restrain him from coming to college. Justice Mamoonur Rasheed heard initial arguments of the petitioner, and issued notice to the principal and secretary for Sept 5 seeking reply.