Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Mansoor Ali Shah made 30 judicial officers OSDs
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, soon after taking oath on Tuesday, took drastic steps to bring reforms along with self-accountability in the judicial system under him. Resuming his work at the high court, Justice Shah issued notifications making 30 judicial officers of Punjab officers on special duty whose reputation had a question mark on them. The officers included three district and sessions judges, six additional district and sessions judges and 21 civil judges. Justice Shah also appointed for the first time a woman judicial officer as the new director general (DG) of Punjab Judicial Academy. “The chief justice, being chairperson of the board of management of Punjab Judicial Academy, has been pleased to appoint District and Sessions Judge Uzma Akhtar Chughtai as director general of the academy,” a notification read. Former DG of the academy retired Justice Shahid Saeed had resigned last week.
Justice Shah was elevated to the bench in 2009 and has since authored several judgements on constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and environmental sustainability.
Through several decisions, he was thought to be giving a tough time to the Punjab government. His decisions in the Lahore Jail Road Signal Free Zone and non-payment of pension to retired public servants, speedy promotion of Dr. Shahiza Qureshi of University of the Punjab were highly appreciated.