ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday deferred the proceedings of alleged misconduct against Islamabad High Court’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui for an indefinite period.
Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan appeared before the five-member SJC and submitted documents compiled by special prosecutor Maulvi Anwarul Haq, who is not in the country these days. The AGP said that even if the court records statements of all witnesses, Khan will not be able to argue the case because he will be resigning soon.
Khan further requested the council to adjourn the hearing until Haq’s return to the country by early August. Justice Siddiqui’s counsel, Hamid Khan, stated that his client will not be available from August 9 to 22.
Hearing both sides, the council adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period.
Advocate Tariq Asad, appearing before the council, objected that he had filed a reference against the chief justice of Pakistan for his involvement in several incidents of misconduct, therefore, he should not be sitting in the council until the decision is passed on the complaint. However, Justice Gulzar Ahmad intervened and said that the complaint has not reached the council yet.
Government employees including women and children protested outside the Supreme Court Registry against the verdict
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