SC receives IHC recommendations over alleged meddling in judicial affairs

SC receives IHC recommendations over alleged meddling in judicial affairs - UTV Pakistan

Islamabad High Court has sent recommendations to the Supreme Court after a meeting prompted by advice from the apex court.

This meeting was held in response to complaints of alleged interference by intelligence agencies in legal matters by six judges of the high court.

The IHC judges unanimously suggested that if there is any interference, all judges should report to their senior judges.

They proposed that any interference must be reported within seven days, and failure to do so would be considered misconduct.

In cases of interference, the recommendations state that a civil judge should report to the session judge, who will then inform the high court inspection judge. The inspection judge will then escalate the matter to the chief justice of the high court.

The judges also suggested that the high court administrative committee should make the final decision on whether to handle the matter administratively or judicially.

The administrative committee can refer the matter to the full court based on the seriousness of the issue, and the high court can decide on contempt of court according to institutional agreements.

Six judges of the Islamabad High Court wrote to the Supreme Judicial Council about intelligence agencies interfering in judicial matters.

These judges are Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz.

The Supreme Court took notice and hinted at forming a full court to address the issue. Previously, the federal government established a one-man inquiry commission, but it could not proceed due to the refusal of its head, former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani.

Chief Justice Isa asked for input from all IHC judges on the need for a full court on this important issue. Last week, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq held a meeting with all IHC judges, where they collectively drafted recommendations.

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