References against superior judges including Justice Qazi Faez Isa, sparked controversy in the country. In a recent development in the matter, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday (June 13) wrote a letter to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and demanded a strict action against Preside Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. He asked for the rejection of a presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
Calling the reference “against constitutional provisions, false, untrue, without substance and motivated,” the former chief justice asked for the reference to be rejected without further proceedings. The letter further reads that in the reference it has not been stated anywhere that Justice Isa violated Article of the Code of Conduct. It added that due to the reference, the judge and institution of the judiciary as a whole had been scandalised.
According to the former CJP, the reference being against constitutional provisions, untrue, without substances and motivated, may not be entertained and be rejected without further proceedings. The SJC will hear the government’s reference on Friday (July 14) with the Supreme Court Bar Association calling for a strike.
Earlier Law Ministry had clarified that Assets Recovery Unit of Prime Minister’s Office had received a complaint in respect of foreign properties of three learned Judges and the matter was placed before ministry for appropriate action. In a joint statement, spokesmen of Law Ministry and Assets Recovery Unit of Prime Minister’s Office said the Law Minister directed the Assets Recovery Unit to verify the contents of the complaint, clearly suggesting that action would only be taken once authentic verification is received.
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17 June, 2019