LAHORE - Though law and order situation has been bettered, the Punjab Police have not been reviving the culture of holding open courts except Provincial Police Chief Javed Iqbal. Iqbal is holding open courts daily and in his absence, an additional IGP does the job, braving threatening letters.

But, other officers, including CCPO, DIGs, SSPs and SPs, have been dragging their feet over the matter.

The staffers deployed at these offices continue misbehaving with the people coming to get their grievances redressed, compelling them to stay away from these offices. The help seekers have been calling for reviving the culture of open courts. They complain against the misconduct of officials deployed outside the offices of top cops. An analyst say almost all the officers, including CCPO, DIGs, SSPs and SPs have erected barricades, security walls and blockages in front of their offices.  “Frankly speaking, people are facing the worst situation nowadays owing to such tactics of top cops,” he said, adding that the trend of open courts had been diminished for the last three years.

He, however, said the putting off open courts of bigwigs was taken in a high-level meeting on the reports of security agencies but now such open courts should be held without any delay. The Punjab government had introduced open courts with the vision that such sittings would provide an opportunity for the common man to approach the highest public offices.