SUNDAY TIMES KARACHI: A high court bench directed the respondent to submit its reply by Jan 30 and summoned the student to appear in the court on next hearing.

The expelled student’s parents complained to the bench that a private college expelled their son just because he was smoking on its premises. “How can a student smoke inside the classroom,” asked a member of the bench. “Shouldn’t your son be taken to task for smoking in the classroom.”

“Everyone smokes but no one gets expelled on this ground,” argued the counsel for the petitioners.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Supreme Court (SC) had lately summoned reports from the federal and the provincial governments on measures against the usage of narcotics in educational institutes.

A three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar ordered the provinces to submit monthly reports on the use of drugs in academies.