It is said that justice should not only be done but also seen to be done. The first part of this truism deals with the adjudication of a case by the judiciary exclusively but the latter part involves public perception of the decision irrespective of the judgement by the court. The recent case of a student's marks being enhanced upon reassessment by the Chairman of an educational board has to be examined to see if justice has been done. A pertinent question here is that how come the reassessed marks were calibrated so finely as to just be able to upgrade the student from grade C to B. That surely smacks of a deliberate attempt by the Chairman of the Board. On the other hand, if the existing rules did not permit reassessment of marks then how did the Chairman exceed his powers to do the same? That amounts to violation of rules and misconduct which has been glossed over in this entire episode. The jury is still out about justice done in this case. -DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI, Lahore, via e-mail, January 17.