A significant phase of judge Qazi Faez Isa’s case is set to begin as Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Anwar Mansoor Khan presented his defense for the filing of a presidential case against the Supreme Court (SC) judge for non-disclosure of family members in their wealth declaration.
A full 10-member apex court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, court was due to resume the hearing on the petitions against Justice Isa on Monday, but since Justice Muneeb Akhtar was unable to attend the court because of indisposition, the hearing had to be adjourned to Tuesday.
The AG will not only defend the federal government’s position on the reference but also itself since it had also been named in the petitions. On Monday, the highlight of the brief proceeding was the presence of the Minister of Law Farogh Naseem and the lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who heads the Asset Recovery Unit (ARU).
On Monday, a petitioner Hassan Irfan Khan has questioned the current investigation procedure of the 2005 Supreme Judicial Council, claiming that these rules had been defined in 2005 through the Legal Framework Order, but as the LFO could not survive after the adoption of the 18th amendment to the Constitution, these rules no longer existed either.
Senior counsel Munir Malik, who represents Justice Isa, presented a summary in accordance with an earlier court directive and requested that the proceedings before the Supreme Judicial Council against Justice Isa be vacated. He called for the initiation of contempt cases against all those concerned and for action against all those who had supervised Judge Isa and his family.
At the last hearing, the Superior Court asked the AGP to explain who authorized an investigation into the details of the properties of judge Qazi Faez Isa and his family. In addition, at the last hearing, the AGP requested two weeks to respond to all questions raised by members of the judiciary and the counsel for the petitioners.
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