LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday directed the Punjab University to hold senate election within the period of six months on a contempt petition filed by some officials seeking contempt proceedings against Varsity’s Vice-Chancellor.

Javed Sami and others had filed the petition and pointed out that senate election was not held despite the fact that the court already had ordered the varsity administration to hold it. The petitioners stated that the varsity’s VC had committed contempt of court by not holding the senate election.

They pleaded the court to summon VC and initiate contempt proceedings against him. Malik Owais Khalid, the legal advisor of the Punjab University, however, opposed the petitioners’ arguments saying that the senate election was not held since 1988 and therefore, the voters’ lists were not prepared. The varsity’s counsel said that the voters’ lists were being prepared in the light of the courts’ order.

The teachers of Colleges and University having three years experience could be eligible to cast their votes, he said. He pleaded that this whole process would take at least 6 months.

After hearing both sides, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC directed the varsity’ administration to hold senate election within 6 months time and sought performance report by Jan 27, 2016.