Pak Chief Justice rules out full-court hearing of Musharraf petitions

November 14th, 2007 - 2:26 am ICT by admin  
An 11-member bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal had accepted a plea from lawyers representing petitioners’ for all 17 Supreme Court (SC) judges to form a full court bench.

“This is a historic burden and the entire court should share it,” the Daily Times quoted Hamid Khan, an attorney for Justice (retired) Wajeehuddin Ahmed, as saying.

But on Wednesday, Chief Justice Chaudhry instructed the 11-member bench to continue with the case from October 18.

Chaudhry said that Justices Falak Sher and Mian Shakirullah Jan shouldn’t be on the bench because they had already expressed their opinions on the merits of the case.

He further said that “judicial propriety” demanded that he himself should not sit on the bench.

Justice Rana Bhagwandas was on leave abroad; Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk was about to go abroad, while Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashhad was on medical leave, the daily reported.

Meanwhile, Justice (retired) Ahmed has asked the apex court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Chief Election Commissioner (retired) Qazi Muhammad Farooq.

Justice (retired) Ahmed has alleged that Farooq had announced the unofficial results of the elections, despite instructions from the court not to notify the results till the petitions challenging Musharraf’s eligibility were decided. (ANI)

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