Gillani’s petition against Senate Chairman gets dismissed by IHC

Lahore, 24th March: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed Yousuf Raza Gillani’s plea against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani’s election earlier this month.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, IHC dismissed former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s plea on Wednesday against the election of Sadiq Sanjrani as Senate Chairman citing Article 69 of the Constitution which bars courts from investigating into proceedings of parliament.

As per the reports, the court released a 13-page verdict today and said that the petition to declare Senate Chairman election results null and void, which was filed by Farooq H Naek of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on behalf of Gillani is beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

Earlier, IHC reserved the verdict on former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani’s plea to challenge the election of the Senate chairman.

According to reports, Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah took up the petition. After a preliminary hearing, the court reserved its judgment on maintaining the petition, which was expected to be announced shortly.

Justice Minallah asked Farooq H Naek, “Has the Senate chairman ever been removed from the post in the past? If so then what is the procedure for removal of the Senate chairman?

The judge suggested, “You can take the matter to a Senate committee.”  At this, the council informed that no committee has powers to remove the Senate chairman.

According to reports from ARY News, during the hearing, the top IHC judge suggested that under Article 63, the petitioner could send a reference to the National Assembly speaker to have his grievance redressed.
It is to be noted that PPP’s leader Yousaf Raza Gillani ha filed a petition requesting the high court to declare the result of the election of Senate chairman held on March 12 as null and void.
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