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SC delays operation of its own verdict till 11th

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday delayed the operation of its own verdict till April 11 in which it had overturned the Parliamentary Committee’s (PC) decision to reject one-year extension to six additional judges of the Lahore and Sindh high courts recommended by the Judicial Commission.

A four-member bench, headed by Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez, was hearing the review petition filed by the federal government.

The apex court, in its detailed judgment on March 21, had directed the federal government to issue a notification, endorsing the extension of service of the six judges (four of the Lahore High Court and two of Sindh High Court) in line with the recommendations made by the Judicial Commission in its meetings.

The Federation had filed the review petition though Additional Attorney General KK Agha, maintaining that the verdict of the court against the Parliamentary Committee’s decision over the judges’ appointment was against the Constitution and should be reviewed.

A plea has been taken in the petition that the apex court, through its March 21 verdict, has rewritten a part of the Constitution (Article 175A) by going beyond its power of interpreting the Constitution under the doctrine of judicial review.

At the outset of the hearing, KK Agha informed the court that although he had contested the main petition in the case for the federal government, however, the government now wanted to engage Wasim Sajjad, who had represented the Federation in the 18th Amendment case.

Makhdoom Ali Khan, the counsel for Munir Hussain Bhatti advocate and Kamran Murtaza objected to the government plan of changing the counsel. Therefore, the bench rejected the Federation’s pray to change the counsel. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed that the Federation did not seem to be serious in the case.
Source: The News
Date:4/2/2011