The Supreme Court Judge Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, who is facing a reference in Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), has requested the Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa to make his reply public. He wants to make his reply public because the content of reference send to SJC by president of Pakistan was leaked in the media.
The Supreme Judicial Council has issued two show cause notices to Justice Isa. One show cause notice was issued on the presidential reference and other one for writing directly to president for a copy of the reference. The Supreme Court sources told the media that Justice has moved two applications in the SJC.
In his first application, the Justice Isa has requested the council to make his reply public with regards to a presidential reference instituted by the law ministry in which Justice Isa had been accused of possessing properties in the United Kingdom in the name of his wife and children.
President Arif Alvi filed references with the SJC against Justice Isa and Sindh High Court’s Justice KK Agha in May 2019 for allegedly not disclosing their foreign properties in their wealth statements.
When the news broke on the media about the presidential reference, Justice Isa had written a letter to President Alvi seeking clarity regarding the reports that the government had filed a reference against him over allegations of misconduct. Copies of the letter were sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the apex court as well. In a second letter to the president, the SC judge again requested a copy of the reference filed against him. He also expressed his concerns over the alleged media campaign against him.
Justice Isa has now requested the SJC to provide all the relevant material based on which show-cause notices were issued against him. He has also asked the SJC to share evidentiary sources used to make up reference against him. The SJC under the chair of CJP will consider the replies from the judges to further proceed.
The lawyers have been protesting against the presidential reference and SJC proceedings. Even though lawyers’ stands divided on this issue in Punjab, the Pakistan Bar Council has again given the call to boycott the courts on the next hearing of SJC.
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