Supreme Court adjourns former IHC judge’s case

Written by The Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of former judge Islamabad High Court (IHC) Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s case against his removal by the Supreme Judicial Council till next week.
A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Ju-stice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Ju-stice Mazhar Alam heard the case. Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was removed from the IHC on the recommendation of the SJC.
During the course of proceedings, Advocate Hamid Khan counsel for Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui submitted details regarding references against his client.
In the first reference, the client was charged with excessive expenditures on his official residence, he said and added that the show cause notice was served on July 16, 2016 in the first reference.
He said that the SJC adjourned hearing for an indefinite period on July 21, 2018 and a show cause notice was issued on July 31 in connection with the speech. He said that the TLP sit-in was ordered to be shifted to the parade ground in the Faizabad sit-in case. The participants of the sit-in used insulting language against the judges of the judiciary, he added.
Justice Bandial asked Hamid Khan that his client wrote in the Faizabad sit-in case verdict that Tehreek-e-Labeek was also a plaintiff. He asked what was the pr-ayer of Tehreek-e-Labeek?
Hamid Khan said that TLP had complained that the amendment made in the Election Act should be withdrawn.
Justice Bandial said that the petition was filed in the high court during sit-in.
Justice Ijaz while discussing the speech of Shaukat Siddiqui delivered at a bar association gathering said that speeches of judges at bar associations should be within limits. It was not the judge’s job to insult the institutions or the government, he added.
He said that a Supreme Court judge could not speak on the country’s foreign policy. The Supreme Judicial Council said that the speech delivered by the High Court judge was a misconduct, he added.

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