Lahore:30 August: Chief Justice (CJ) Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore High Court (LHC) disposed of a petition challenging the use of Punjab University's (PU) funds for the laptop distribution ceremony after the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) paid the amount spent to the university.
The laptop distribution ceremony was held in PU on March 23, with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif being the chief guest of the event.
The PU's counsel on Wednesday informed the court that an amount worth Rs 8.7 million had been given to the university as educational funds. A petition in this regard had been filed by a local, Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad, in which he had challenged the use of university funds for the laptop distribution ceremony. Earlier, the CJ had observed that students' funds could not be used for political motives.
A law officer had already informed that the Punjab government had announced to bear expenses of the ceremony and that the CDGL will reimburse the expenses to the university.
The petitioner's counsel, Aftab Bajwa, submitted that the PU administration had arranged a ceremony for the distribution of laptops among students on March 23 at PU Quaid-e-Azam Campus. He said that for this function, the VC sanctioned a supplementary grant of Rs 30 million. He alleged that the VC made this decision without permission of the PU Syndicate and, as such, it was an illegal decision. He alleged that the VC arranged the function to oblige Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif by inviting them as chief guests. He submitted that banners had been displayed in the university along with the photographs of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, which showed the mala fide intentions of the VC. The counsel also requested the court to order departmental action against the responsible.
Bajwa also said that the CDGL could not foot the bill, as it was not authorised to use its funds for a function for political projection of a particular party. He said the PML-N leaders delivered political speeches at the laptop distribution ceremony, adding that laptops could be distributed among students by the university itself "without staging a political drama". Daily times.