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Cases Against Judges: Supreme Judicial Council Sends Notice To Govt

The Supreme Judicial Council has sent a notice for June 14 to the federal government over cases against judges of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and the Supreme Court (SC).

The government is expected to file a response through Law Minister Farooq Naseem over references filed a few days ago in the SJC against Jus­tice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice K.K. Agha of the Sindh High Court.

Sources told Dawn that the references were filed by President Arif Ali against Justice Faiz Isa on allegations that he bought 3 properties in London in his wife and children’s name, but did not disclose it in the official records.

Likewise, Justice K.K. Agha was accused of purchasing two properties in London, but not disclosing them in wealth returns.

On Thursday, the SJC, while issuing a notice to Attorney General of Pakistan sought legal assistance from him over the federal government’s complaint against superior court judges on June 14.

Under the SJC procedure of inquiry 2005, the Council may require the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) or any other counsel to appear and assist it in relation to the smooth and efficient conduct of its proceedings.

Earlier this week, Additional Attorney General Zahid Ebrahim has resigned over references against top judges, including Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa saying that he ‘can not in good conscience continue’.

In a letter written to President Arif Alvi, Ebrahim said that news reports on Tuesday claimed that references were launched against several judges of the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court over alleged misconduct.

Among those judges, Ebrahim said was a top supreme court judge (Justice Qazi Faiz Isa) who is ‘widely known for his unimpeachable integrity and against whom the government has already revealed its mind by filing review petitions’.

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