LAHORE - Justice Najam-uz-Zaman of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the Registrar Government College University (GCU) to consider readmission of those students who were rusticated for staging protest against the GCU administration. The judge also directed the Registrar to ask the university authorities to withdraw cases against the students for the sake of their academic career. The judge observed that there was no justification of cases under terrorism act against the students for staging a simple protest. "They are students not criminals," the judge further observed. Meanwhile, a law officer told the court that the students had been declared innocent in the investigation held by the police. Adjourning the hearing till November 14 the judge directed the GCU Registrar to come up with a report about the steps taken by the administration with regard to the reinstatement of the students. Justice Zaman was conducting hearing on a suo moto notice taken by CJ Sayed Zahid Hussain on the students' apathy after it was reported in Press that two students had been sent to jail by an Anti-terrorism Court. The students were arrested when the GCU administration rusticated more than 600 students for remaining absent from the varsity. The next day, the students held a protest demonstration on Lower Mall against GCU administration's harsh punishment. The administration decided to teach an exemplary lesson to the students, as it not only got registered a case against them but passed strict instructions to the police to arrest them.