LAHORE: A lawyer yesterday was found guilty of misbehaving with a judge in an open court proceeding and penalized with suspension of legal practice license for one month and fine of Rs 500,000.

Ramzan Raza Chadhar advocate misbehaved Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmad of the Lahore High Court few days ago on which his license was suspended for three months. 

The lawyer along with other bar members approached the office of Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan and held protest against suspension of his license.

He challenged the decision of the single bench before Special Division bench headed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan.

Announcing the verdict, the bench observed that  the judiciary is the institution of lawyers and they are duty bound to give it respect too.

During hearing of the appeal,  Senior bar leaders including Pakistan Bar Council member Azam Nazir Tarar and Lahore High Court Bar Association president Rana Zia Abdul Rehman represented the appeal of Advocate Chadhar before the special division bench.

They said the order of the single bench was in violation of Legal Practitioner and Bar Council Act. A government law officer, however, said Supreme Court was the appropriate forum to hear appeal in such matters under the Act. He said ICA filed by the lawyer was not maintainable.  

On it, the bench gave slight relief to the Advocate and reduced suspension of legal practicing license from three months to one month. The bench, however, directed the lawyer to deposit Rs500,000 to Lahore High Court Bar Association as a fine.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court yesterday issued notice again to Punjab Secretary School Education within one week in a petition challenging torture on students by teachers.

Naheed Baig Advocate had filed the petition submitting that the Punjab government in 2005 adopted a policy of love for students in order to end torture on them. She said this policy had not been implemented as the students were tortured at various schools.

She said that the corporal punishment is the gravest violation of fundamental rights of the children, as all children need enabling environment to grow up. She submitted that physical punishments badly blemish their overall behavior and also hinder psychological growth.

She said that the modern world has finally realized that corporal punishment is adverse to children’s growth and its better that students should learn without any fear of reprisal or punishment. She said that corporal punishment in public as well as private schools was a grave danger, which should be seriously pondered over by the governmen. She requested to order the government to strictly follow this policy.