Supreme Court takes suo motu notice of judges’ allegations

Retired judge Tasaduq Hussain Jilani refuses to investigate charges.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court took suo motu notice of allegations of the six Islamabad High Court judges against intelligence officials.

The apex court formed a seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa. Other members of the bench are: Justices Mansoor Ali Shah, Yahya Khan Afridi, Athar Minallah,  Musarat Hilali, Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

Meanwhile, retired judge of the Supreme Court Tasaduq Hussain Jilani has refused to investigate the allegations of six judges of the Islamabad High Court against intelligence officials.

The federal cabinet had approved the appointment of the retired judge after a meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa on Saturday.

However, Justice Jilani in a letter informed the prime minister about his inability to head the commission.

Later, talking to a TV channel, the retired judge said that he had reservations on the terms and references of the commission.

He was of the view that the judges had addressed their allegations to the Supreme Judicial Council and hence the commission was not a proper forum for  its investigation.

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