ISLAMABAD    -    Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued show cause notice to Vice-Chancellor (VC) Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan for not implementing its order regarding fake law colleges. 

A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and comprising Justice Syed Mazahari Ali Naqvi conducted hearing of the case of fake law colleges affiliated with the BZU, Multan. The bench directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit the list of fake law colleges affiliated with the university, and their admission record. 

The bench asked the vice-chancellor to explain why he has not complied with the apex court order in the last three years. Justice Mazahari Ali Naqvi inquired from the vice-chancellor why he had been ignoring the Supreme Court directions. 

In 2018, the Supreme Court had ordered to phase out the LLB (three-year) programme and a five-year LLB programme was introduced in September 2019. The law colleges were barred from admitting students to the three-year programme after Dec 31, 2018. 

After the apex court verdict BZU syndicate allowed 100 seats per college but 41 colleges exceeded the limit and enrolled more students for LLB part-1 (three-year course) session 2018. The colleges were to enrol 4,100 students as they were allotted 100 seats each but they had admitted 14,000 aspirants. 

Justice Ijaz asked the VC why the university administration did not provide students’ record to the legal directorate, adding if there will be tampering in the record then all will go to jail. He noticed that intentionally the varsity administration using delaying tactics in providing the record. 

The counsel of Pakistan Bar Council told that as per the Supreme Court order the university had to cancel affiliation of 22 law colleges and since 2018 to date it has not disassociated a single college.

The court directed the lawyer representing the colleges to file record of all the fake law colleges, affiliated with the university. 

A female lawyer Nasreen Majeed Chohan informed the bench that the lawyers who had highlighted the issue of fake law colleges are being targeted. She said that a lawyer, Muhammad Nadeem, was arrested by FIA when he challenged the degree of Ahsan Bhoon, Supreme Court senior lawyer. 

Justice Ijaz told her to file petition in the High Court regarding fake degrees. Nasreen said that the apex court had raised the issue of fake degrees of the lawyer in the law colleges’ case. 

Later, the bench deferred the hearing for indefinite period in this case.