The following event relates to the period between 1958 and 1960 when I was the Sub-Divisional Magistrate incharge of Toba Tek Singh Sub Division, both administratively and judicially. Those were the days when Toba Tek Singh was a sub-division of the Lyallpur District, which is presently called Faisalabad. The Deputy Commissioner (DC), Lyallpur, in his capacity as district magistrate used to hold a meeting of all the magistrates of the district every month. The District Superintendent of Police (SP) would also attend those meetings. At the conclusion of one such meeting only the SP, the city magistrate and I were left behind to discuss some thing with the DC. The other magistrates, not being concerned, had left. In those days the City Magistrate, Syed Abdul Maajid, was conducting a judicial enquiry. [He was a PCS Officer and he unfortunately died very young a few years later. In the course, of our chat, the deputy commissioner suggested that Maajid call someone as a witness in that enquiry. Maajid's reply was, "Sir, I am holding a judicial enquiry, I cannot take orders from you. If it were an executive enquiry, it would be different." The DC was taken aback at first but then composed himself and responded only with: "I am sorry Maajid, I should have known better." Those were the days when the judiciary had not yet been separated from the executive. What is to be noted is that a PCS (Provincial Civil Service) Officer still had the guts to maintain his judicial independence while functioning as a judicial officer. Regardless of the set-up and the guarantees or lack of them; such independence has to be in the blood of the judges or judicial officers. If an extra-assistant commissioner could maintain his judicial independence while still under the executive authority, why can't the members of the superior judiciary, despite all the constitutional guarantees, maintain theirs. It is no excuse that the repercussions would be unhappy. In the first place, a judicial officer or judge must maintain his independence and integrity, come what may. In the second, why can't every superior officer be like Mian Saeed, the DC involved in the incident narrated above? Those in a superior position do not have to be mean to those over whom they have authority. But today, unfortunately, meanness seems to be the order of the day. Why? Are we all mean? Instead of turning mean towards them, why can't we appreciate the integrity of those below us and encourage them? It is high time we took account of ourselves and behaved like gentlemen. The writer is a retired judge of the Lahore High Court