Islamabad: Seven member Supreme Court bench formed for hearing of petitions against Justice Qazi Faez Isa has been dissolved after objections were raised against its formation.
According to reports, a seven member Supreme Court bench which as formed for hearing of petitions regarding presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa, has been dissolved after objections were raised against its formation.
The seven member bench which was headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial and consisted of:
- Justice Maqbool Baqar,
- Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik,
- Justice Sardar Tariq Masood,
- Justice Faisal Arab,
- Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel,
- Justice Ijazul Ahsan,
was formed to conduct the hearing.
Munir A. Malik, counsel for Qazi Faez Isa, had reportedly raised objections stating that judge(s) who have their own interests involved should not be allowed to be a part of the Supreme Court bench. When questioned by Justice Umar Atta Bandial, if Malik doubted any judge of being biased, he stated that he will not say any judge is biased.
Moreover, it has been reported that Justice Umar Atta Bandial expressed his concerns of conveying the message that no judge of the Supreme Court is biased as every judge has to perform his duty in accordance with the Constitution and the Law of the state. He added that no judge of the court has any interest in any case. According to sources Malik further stated that people cannot have confidence on the judiciary because justice cannot be ensured if there is a lack of trust. It was additionally reported that Malik has insinuated two members of the bench, who may have potential of becoming Chief Justice in the future, are thought to hold direct interests in the case.
According to sources, Justice Faisal Arab has stated that the Supreme Court Council will continue its proceedings unless Munir Malik is able to prove his claims. Malik responded to the argument by stating that his client has no objection with any person of the judge rather with image and prestige of the court after which, the seven bench was dissolved and request for a new bench was sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
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