LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Lahore commissioner to ensure an appropriate care for a young orphan student, previously expelled from Aitchison College, and sought a report after a month.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad, also ordered Commissioner retired Capt Saif Anjum to arrange passport and other travel documents of student Naveed Munir so that he could go to a country of his choice for education.

The Aitchison College had rusticated 17-year-old Munir on allegation of perversion and the government, on the previous direction of the court, got him admitted to the Divisional Public School.

His father had died and he at present is living with his stepmother. He is clueless about the whereabouts of his real mother.

He was previously expelled from Aitchison College

The court had also directed the commissioner to ensure a better life for the young boy and provide him with all basic needs.

However, the bench during the Friday hearing observed with regret that the commissioner had not even visited the boy for once.

The bench also rejected a report presented by the college about the history of the boy and termed the allegations baseless.

The CJP regretted that the close relatives of the boy occupied his property after the death of his father and no school was ready to admit him. He also expressed dismay over the treatment meted out to him at the Aithcison College.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial, another member at the bench, observed that the Aitchison College was not the only big institution in the country as there were many more. The judge further observed that arrogance of teachers and students of the Aitchison College had been creating problems in society.

At one point, the chief justice also rebuked the commissioner for showing bureaucratic behaviour before the court.

The chief justice adjourned the hearing and directed the commissioner to submit a progress report in the case after one month. He also encouraged the boy and advised him to concentrate on his education assuring him that he would be facilitated to go abroad for education.

Published in Dawn, February 15th, 2020