LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the Lahore High Court has constituted a full bench on petitions challenging fee of private educational institutions.

A three judge bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh will hear the petitions against private institutions charging huge fee from the children and other students. Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi and Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza will be other members.

The parents had filed petitions against private institutions for raising fee. The petitioners say the institutes increase fee without any reason which badly disturb budget of the homes. The students are also threatened of firing from the students, they submitted. They prayed the court to order the government to control schools from increasing fees by their own.

DISMISSED: The Supreme Court of Pakistan yesterday rejected bail petition of a member of Ahmadia community allegedly involved in publishing blasphemous and hate literature.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Sardar Asif Saeed Khosa passed the order. Tahir Mehdi, the accused, had filed bail petition through his counsel Advocate Abid Hassan Manto, pleading that he had nothing to do with the allegations levelled against him.

The petitioner submitted that the case should have been registered under alleged violation of the government’s ban but police included terrorism clauses in the FIR.

His counsel further stated the petitioner was behind the bars for eight months and the police failed to submit challan before the trial court. He requested the court to release the petitioner on bail.

An additional prosecutor opposed the arguments and presented the case record before the court. The prosecutor stated that the material recovered from the custody of the petitioner was blasphemous and provocative.

The government lawyer told the bench that the petitioner had a history of blasphemy cases registered against him and if the petitioner released on bail he would continue to publishing the hate material that could cause religious conflicts in society. After hearing both sides, the SC dismissed bail petition and ordered the prosecution to produce witnesses before the trial court.