LAHORE - During hearing of a contempt of court petition, Justice Sh Azmat Saeed of Lahore High Court on Thursday expressed serious concern over the rising tendency of taking the court orders lightly particularly by the bureaucracy and high functionaries. The justice said in view of this tendency a strict action against the officers appears necessary in order to inspire in them respect for the court verdicts and directions. The justice also expressed his displeasure over non-compliance with the court orders by the functionaries and summoned within an hour Secretary Higher Education to know from him why not the earlier passed order of this court regarding promotion case of a head clerk of department has not been carried out despite elapse of nine months. The petition has been filed by Muhammad Faiz submitting that he was working as a head clerk (grade-7) in education department and applied for the post of assistant grade-14 in the department but despite qualifying, he was not given promotion. Therefore, he approached the LHC which ordered education department to promote him but the order could not be carried out. Later he filed a contempt of court petition against the ignorance of the court order by the authorities of the education department. Last day, a director of colleges had appeared before the court but he could not satisfy the court in the matter. The court on it summoned Secretary Higher Education Department to appear before the court by 12 noon the same day. At this stage, the judge expressed annoyance and sought secretary presence in the court on short notice to tell why he ignored court orders. Secretary Higher Education Department Haseeb Athar appeared before the court and assured that orders would be implemented within seven days. The court observed, it seemed that bureaucracy had made up its mind not to implement court orders, adding that the court know how to get its order implemented. Later, the court disposed of the petition after Secretary Higher Education undertook to do the needful within seven days.