IHC judges’ letter: SC hears suo motu on 'meddling in judicial affairs'

IHC judges’ letter: SC hears suo motu on 'meddling in judicial affairs'

Islamabad (Web Desk): A seven-member Supreme Court (SC) bench on Wednesday began hearing suo motu notice taken on the letter written by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges alleging intelligence agencies' ‘meddling in judicial affairs’.

The top court constituted the bench under Article 184(3) of the Constitution after former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani recused himself from becoming part of the one-man probe commission.

Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) have filed separate, but similar petitions, to join proceedings.

The bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Musarrat Hilali and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, is hearing the case.

On March 26, the IHC judges including, 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, wrote the letter to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), urged the council to convene a judicial convention over the alleged interference of intelligence agencies in judicial affairs.