Islamabad: Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has ordered government to inquire into the matter of news items regarding judges’ notification. The 17-member bench of SC, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry heard the suo motto case on the news of government plan of revoking the notification.
Some private TV channel on Thursday alleged that the Government was considering to withdraw the notification/executive order dated March 16, 2009 of restoration of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, other judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and chief justices/judges of the High Courts. Some newspapers have already reported this issue as well. Earlier on, a few months ago, a similar statement was made by one of the high constitutional office holders in the Parliament.Thus Chief Justice of Pakistan and other judges decided in a midnight meeting to set up a 17-member larger bench to look into reports about the government’s unannounced plans to revert the restoration of superior court judges.
As the news item was flashed by other TV channels, some channels have also telecast denial on Thursday (14.10.2010) from the Government, saying that there was no truth behind the said news. PM Gilani said that he had taken notice of the issue of withdrawal of notification of judges’ restoration and such news could widen gulf between the Government and the Judiciary.
Justice Saqib Nisar questioned whether the withdrawal notification would be a violation of the constitution. During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said that the government was avoiding clarification and termed the Attorney General’s (AG) statement unsatisfactory.
The CJ said that “whenever the court takes up any important case, rumour mills starts running”. “Derogatory remarks have been used against the judiciary, but we are showing patience against it”,
During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry observed that he pledged to uphold the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in the country. During the hearing, Attorney-General Maulvi Anwarul Haq said the news reports to this effect were baseless and should be investigated. However, the apex court directed the Attorney-General to submit a written statement from the government on the matter.
SC has ordered AG to present the report of government position and investigate the matter before the apex court on October 18.
Input from Agencies