JC defers appointment of ad hoc judges
ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission on Monday deferred the appointment of two ad hoc and one additional judge in the Supreme Court for an indefinite period. A meeting of the Judicial Commission was held here in the Supreme Court building with its Chairman and Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the chair.
The meeting was attended by four senior judges of the Supreme Court, chief justices of the Federal Shariat Court and Lahore High Court, and Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek, Attorney General Irfan Qadir and Dr Khalid Ranjha, the representative of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).
The meeting deferred the appointment of two ad hoc and one additional judge in the Supreme Court; however, it recommended the names of eight additional judges for appointment in the Sindh High Court.
The commission will send its recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee for approval.Earlier, an eight member committee of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), headed by Vice Chairman Akhtar Hussain, expressed the councilís concern about the ad hoc judges’ appointment in the apex court while the committee met the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry before the JC meeting, saying the resolutions were passed by various bar councils of Lahore against the expected appointments of ad hoc and additional judges in the Supreme Court.
Later, Akhtar Hussain, while giving details of the meeting to reporters, said that the PBC committee had suggested to the CJ to fill the permanent vacant posts of judges in the SC. He further said that the PBC Committee also suggested to the CJ that if ad hoc judges appointment was unavoidable, then the matter should be considered in the post-scenario of the expected appeal from the premier Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani against recently announced verdict in the contempt of court case.Akhtar Hussain further said that the PBC committee emphasized for filling the permanent vacant seats of judges in the high courts on priority basis.