A seven-member larger bench of the Supreme Court – formed to hear Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s constitutional petition pertaining to misconduct reference filed against him at the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) – has on Tuesday been dissolved.
Justice Umar Atta Bandial – head of the bench – has forwarded the matter to Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa stating that some judges did not want become a part of the larger bench which had to take up the plea today.
It is worth mentioning here that Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Ijazul Ahsan apologized from conducting the hearing after Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s counsel Muneer A. Malik raised objection over the bench.
Let it be known that the bench included Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.
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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27 September, 2019