A new full-court bench of the Supreme Court (SC) has been formed to hear the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa to the chief justice.
A new 10-member bench will be headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justices Maqbool Baqar, Manzoor Malik, Faisal Arab, Mazhar Alam Miankhel, Sajjad Ali Shah, Manzoor Ali shah, Muneeb Akhter, Yahya Afridi, and Qazi Ahmed Amin.
The full-court SC bench will hear a set of petitions challenging the presidential reference on September 24. This was decided after Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Sardar Tariq Masood rescued themselves from a seven-member bench — headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial — hearing a set of petitions challenging the presidential reference.
Justice Isa’s lawyer Muneer A. Malik had requested the Supreme Court to form a full-court bench of “capable judges”, who are not members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), to hear his client’s petition.
Justice Isa had written letters to President Alvi after the law minister instituted a presidential reference against him for allegedly possessing properties in the United Kingdom in the name of wife and children. The SC judge’s wife owns three properties abroad and these have not been disclosed in the wealth statement. Likewise, SHC judge wife’s two properties have not been disclosed. The official alleges that non-disclosure is violation of Section 116 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001.
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17 November, 2019