Justice Mazahar Naqvi challenges SJC show-cause notice

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court’s Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi on Thursday challenged the Supreme Judicial Council’s (SJC) inquiry initiated against him over “misconduct and assets beyond means” allegations.

Justice Mazahar Naqvi challenged the second show-cause notice issued to him by the SJC, in the Supreme Court.

The apex court judge in his plea filed under section 3 of Article 184, stated that the reservations highlighted by him after the first show-cause notice were not addressed. “No member of the SJC said anything against the reservations raised by me after the first show-cause notice,” the apex judge added.

It is to be mentioned here that Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi has been issued two show-cause notices by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) so far.

The complaint against the judge included charges of misconduct, illegal assets and amassing money through frontmen. The complainant pleaded to the SJC to remove the judge from the office of the Supreme Court.

In April, Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Masood had written a letter to the then CJP Justice Umar Ata Bandial to convene an SJC meeting to review these allegations.

In May, Justice (r) Bandial referred the matter to Justice Tariq Masood for a legal opinion.