LAHORE - A seven-member full bench of the Lahore High Court has directed the chief secretary, home secretary and inspector general police Punjab to identify the 'miscreants' who locked down courtrooms of provincial subordinate judiciary on Nov 04 and book them under anti-terrorism act. Chief Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain while taking strict notice of Nov 04 incident had constituted the bench on Wednesday morning which started hearing the same day. The formation of the seven-member bench was decided in an emergent meeting of the administration committee of the LHC held on Tuesday. The bench consisted of Justice Mian Najam-uz-Zaman, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Abdul Shakoor Parracha, Justice Nasim Sikandar, Justice M Bilal Khan, Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq. In first phase of the proceedings that started at about 1:00pm, the bench directed Additional Advocate General Hanif Khatana to ask the chief secretary, home secretary and IGP to appear in person at 2:30pm. Lamenting the poor security measures and negligence of the law enforcement agencies Justice Najam-uz-Zaman, head of the bench, resumed proceedings and termed the locking down of the courtrooms as a very unfortunate incident. Justice Bilal Khan in a harsh tone asked the chief secretary that should the authorities behave like spectators and let the miscreants do their job? The chief secretary said they were waiting for necessary orders from District and Sessions Judge Lahore. Admonishing the home secretary Justice Bilal further said, "What would you do if your civil secretariat is on fire and your chief secretary is abroad? Would you wait for him or go for rescue work?" Do police wait for government's orders in case of any terrorism incident in the city or starts its operation, Justice Shabbar Rizvi asked the IGP while observing the locking of courts as a grave incident. To a query about the identification of miscreants and any action taken against them, the home secretary replied that police were waiting for the orders in this regard. At this Justice Bilal in a sarcastic way said, "It's a joke." The bench warned the officers, "do not try to dilute this incident, it is a serious matter." The bench directed them to consult with intelligence agencies including special branch and also get footages of different news channels to identify the miscreants. Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that such delinquency was not expected from a civilian government. Justice Abdul Shakoor observed that it was an unfortunate incident and the administration failed to stop such events as today (Wednesday) lawyers locked the courtrooms in district Chiniot and Shakarghar also. He observed that if they would not take strict action against the miscreants, such events would appear time and again. When the IGP said he would take action against the defaulters, Justice Bilal observed that they were not defaulters but criminals, adding that their action tantamount to terrorism and falls within the Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism act. While passing strictures on IGP Justice Bilal said "You are trying to minimise the intensity of the incidence". Issuing final directions to the officers, Justice Bilal asked the chief secretary to tell the court if his government was helpless, as the court had other options to get its orders implemented. Adjourning the hearing for Friday, the bench directed the high officials of the Punjab government to come up with a detailed report about the actions taken against the miscreants who locked down the courtrooms on Nov-04.