PBC moves SJC against Justice Mazahar Naqvi.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Friday filed a complaint in the SuApreme Judicial Council (SJC) against Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

PBC Vice Chairperson Haroon RaAsheed and Council's Chairperson Executive Committee Hasan Raza Pasha filed the complaint on behalf of the apex regulatory body of the lawyers.

Both the top leaders of the PBC on February 21 this year had anAnounced to file a complaint before the Supreme Judicial Council against apex court judge, who was allegedAly talking to former chief minister Parvez Elahi about fixation of a case before a particular bench or judge.

Three audio clips were leaked on February 16, 2023 and in one of the clips, Elahi was purportedly heard talking to the judge before whose bench he wanted a corruption case to be fixed. His voice could be heard telling the judge that he was coming to meet him. The man on the othAer side tried to convince him that it would not be appropriate, but forAmer Punjab chief minister Elahi inAsisted he was close by and would be coming without protocol.

The complaint maintained that the judges of the Supreme Court, constiAtuting the SJC, devised the code of conduct for judges of the superior courts 'in the exercise of their powAers under Article 209 (8) of the ConAstitution of Pakistan. Thus, respect and compliance with such code beAcome the foremost duty of the judgAes of the Supreme Court'.

It stated that 'the judge's task is to ensure that equality should prevail in all things' but the 'performance and conduct of the superior judiciaAry has become a talk of the town evAerywhere in Pakistan'.


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