Justice Sayyed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi challenges the Supreme Judicial Council’s (SJC’s) proceedings of misconduct against him in the Supreme Court.
Justice Naqvi challenged the proceeding describing the allegations as “false and baseless”. He has pleaded that the proceedings against him be dropped. Since the complaints are “without lawful authority and have no legal effect”.
What are the charges against Justice Naqvi?
Following the publication of audio leaks earlier this year, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) filed a charge of misconduct against Justice Naqvi on March 10. According to the audio leaks, former Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi discussed the fixation of the matter before a specific bench or judge.
What does the Naqvi’s petition state?
Justice Naqvi challenged the SCJ under Article 184(3) of the Constitution. He claimed that a hostile campaign had been undertaken against him since February 16 as well as a media trial.
The petition stated that releasing a press release without the agreement of the justice not only violated his fundamental rights. But also subjected him to a media trial further demeaning him in the public eye.
In his petition, Justice Nqavi stated that the malicious campaign and allegations have a direct and clear attack on judiciary independence.
The alleged Mr.Naqvi protested the way SJC initiated the proceedings against him. He remarked that the petition was objectionable and inconsistent with the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to him by the Constitution.
The Supreme Judicial Committee (SJC) is a constitutional body comprised of the chief justice and two senior-most High Court Judges. That investigates charges of misconduct against Supreme Court and High Court Judges. Justice Sayyed Muhammad Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi has been serving as a judge of the Supreme Court since March 16, 2020.
The SJC will meet today to hear allegations against two Supreme Court judges. It includes Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood.
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