Byline: SHAHID RAO
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday turned down a petition challenging the composition of 10-member bench which is hearing petitions against presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
In November this year, Advocate Inam-ul Rahiem had moved a constitutional petition against the composition of 10-member larger bench. He adopted that he had filed references against Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh. Justice Ijaz has already dissociated from the bench, while Justice Azmat retired after attaining the age of superannuation.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard Col Inam-ul Rahiem's appeal against the Registrar Office objection in his chamber. Advocate Tariq Asad informed the Chief Justice that Col (retd) Inam has been missing for the last two weeks as some unknown persons abducted him from his house. 'However, the chief justice dismissed the petition for non-appearance of the petitioner (Inam),' Tariq Asad told the media.
The registrar office on 01-11-2019 had returned the petition saying it is not entertainable by raising objections/observations that the judges of superior judiciary have been impleaded as respondents, whereas they cannot be so impleaded.
The appellant has not pointed out as to what question of public importance in the instant case is involved with reference to enforcement of any of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution, so as to directly invoke jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution. The applicant instead of availing proper remedy available under the law filed the constitutional petition before the apex court.
Inam prayed that Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Manzoor Malik and Justice Mansoor Shah be excluded from larger bench and references against those judges might be fixed and heard in open Court for the interest of justice.
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