ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council is but to resolve on the presidential references filed towards two superior court judges – Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Sindh Excessive Court docket’s Karim Khan Agha, sources instructed The News Observers.
A five-member SJC bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh and Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth heard the references amid protests by the authorized fraternity which pegs the references of “malafide intent”.
Chatting with The News Observers, authorities sources stated the council heard arguments from Attorney General Anwar Mansoor however is but to go an order about future proceedings.
AG Mansoor was notified by the SJC to seem as a prosecutor and tasked to persuade the bench to provoke formal proceedings within the matter towards Justice Isa and Justice Agha.
The presidential references have been filed towards two judges who’re broadly recognised and acknowledged as unbiased, upright and competent judges. A former Supreme Court judge – who had taken oath underneath the 2007 Provisional Structure Order (PCO) — was employed to file the reference by the Ministry of Legislation and Justice.
The references accuse the judges of allegedly possessing properties in the UK.
The transfer garnered criticism from the authorized fraternity with the Supreme Court Bar Affiliation (SCBA) demanding President Dr Arif Alvi’s impeachment for submitting the reference, whereas different bar associations additionally expressed solidarity with the highest courtroom decide.
On June 12, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) constituted a joint motion committee of legal professionals’ representatives to resolve a future plan of action with regard to the presidential reference towards Justice Isa and Justice Agha. “The transfer of submitting the references by the federal government towards each these judges smacks [of] malafide of the federal government. The style and haste confirmed in submitting the references and their timing additionally increase eyebrows within the authorized fraternity. Due to this fact, we disapprove this transfer,” learn a decision handed at PBC assembly.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had additionally weighed in on the matter, saying the federal government couldn’t take away Justice Isa and that the SJC would take care of the matter pretty.
“Belief the judges. They’ll guarantee justice [in the matter],” the chief justice stated on the Cambridge College within the UK whereas responding to a question about Justice Isa.