The ongoing recent controversy of references against Superior judges has become the hot issue in Pakaistan as several lawyers’ groups and opposition parties are ready to defend the Government’s attack on independent judiciary at any cost. Recently, after Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s letter to President, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has issued a notice to Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) for June 14, for a hearing of references filed against Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Sindh High Court judge Justice K K Agha over non-disclosure of their spouses’ foreign properties in their wealth statements.
The SJC is the only forum for initiating action against judges over misconduct. It consists of five top judges. Composition of the SJC will be very important in this matter. Currently, Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, who is retiring in December, is the chairman of the council. Other members are: Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh and Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth.
According to details, 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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