Two ex-Pak Supreme Court judges refuse to take oath under PCO

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
Mr. Justice Raza Khan was quoted by The News as saying that he was asked to take an oath under the PCO but he refused. He confirmed that he has been confined to his residence for the past three days, and expressed dismay over five apex court judges taking oath under the PCO.

Commenting on emergency, he said that the situation is just like martial law and he therefore refused to take oath under PCO. Justice Sardar Raza Khan said that this is very difficult to know what the decision would be given by 11 judges.

If the judiciary gets the people’s support through media then it would have long term impact.

Justice Rana Bhagwas Das has said that he was still a judge, while his residence has been locked at the outside-taking oath under PCO was unconstitutional and violation of the Supreme Court verdict-these illegal oaths have no locus standi.

Talking to Geo News, Justice Rana Bhagwan Das said that his family was well in Karachi albeit they were in the government building from where coming out was not possible.

As regards the seven judges decision rejecting the enforcement of emergency, he said that the Court could suspend any illegal and immoral order without serving any notice and the interim order was passed. He said it was wrong on the part of government to say that the Court order came after the imposition of PCO and the judges were rendered non-functional.

Justice Rana Bhagwan Das said that the judges taking oath under the new PCO could not hold courts-such an act would be the infringement of Constitution. He said that he had firm faith in God and wished for the situation to improve. (ANI)

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