LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Wednesday refused to halt the proceedings of the Shahzad Butt police encounter case. Butt was killed in a staged encounter at Nishtar Colony some two months ago. Initial investigations had blamed the encounter murder on two constables. But the cops claimed their action was governed and ordered by high police officials. On the last date of hearing, the mother of constable Bhatti (one of the two accused policemen) had moved a petition praying the court to stay the trial till the outcome of an earlier petition wherein the question of ushering a few top police officials in the inquiry in order to reach a fair conclusion on Butts murder had been raised. The court, however, refused to grant the request at this stage, observing that the prayer may be granted after hearing the parties. So, it put off the hearing till the next week. Hearing another case, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhary told off Punjab police chief IGP Javed Iqbal over the re-arrest of a man from the court premises after he had been granted a bail by the LHC. IGP Iqbal on Wednesday appeared in the court in the hearing of a petition filed by one Mst Raheela, who had contended that her husband Javed Sadiq was re-arrested from the court premises minutes after he was granted bail. The arrest was made by the Sattokatla police. Showing his annoyance over the polices conduct towards court orders, Chief Justice Chaudhry reminded the IGP that in the past no police official(s) was allowed to re-arrest an accused even if they were granted bail by a magistrate. Now, the police have become so brave that they have started re-arresting people even after they get bail from this honourable court (High Court). After the CJs query, the IGP informed the court that a committee, headed by DIG Ali Amir Malik, had been constituted to probe the matter. The top cop also promised that he would present a report before the honourable court in due time. After hearing the IGP, the court adjourned the case to August 5. Hearing yet another case, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, at the head of a Division Bench of the Lahore High Court, on Wednesday issued a notice to the Punjab Governor/Vice Chancellors of various universities and other respondents to seek a reply from them on an appeal which has questioned the constitution of the Search Committee, representation of members therein, its procedure and appointment of Vice Chancellors of six public sector universities. The Bench directed the respondents to file, by August 15, their reply to the petition filed by Dr Hassan Ameer Shah, Dr Shaukat and Dr Yousaf Hayat, all PhD holders, who are feeling aggrieved by the very presence of the Search Committee which, according to them, has been set up without any rules and regulations. The appellants have contended that the Search Committee, constituted by the Punjab Government, was set up to select suitable candidates to be appointed as VCs. It was to select only those candidates who hold PhD degrees. But the fact of the matter is, reveal the applicants, that the very members of the Search Committee themselves are not PhD holders. They have further pleaded that those candidates who possess PhD degrees from local universities have been excluded from the selection process. The appellants have prayed to the court for a direction to the authorities to disband the Committee and nullify the appointments. So, the court directed the respondents to file their replies by August 15. Meanwhile, Punjab Bar Council Vice Chairman Muhammad Lahrasab Khan Gondal has taken a serious exception to the dua offered at the end of a private TV channel programme in a comic way under the title of 'dua-e-dar. Gondal has also sought the immediate shutting down of the programme, saying, In this programme, dua was offered in a comic and non-serious manner by a comedian. The whole episode has hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims. Veena Malik: An additional district and sessions Judge on Wednesday directed the petitioner to move to Civil Court and dismissed his petition seeking registration of FIR against Veena Malik allegedly involved in thrashing the petitioner and his wife.