A five-judge larger bench to take up petitions today filed against the formation of a judicial inquiry commission headed by senior puisne Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa probing into the audio leaks allegedly involving current and former members of the superior judiciary and their family members.
The larger bench headed by Chief Juistice of Pakistan (CJP) Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, and Justice Shahid Waheed will take up the petitions today (Friday) at 11am.
Centre forms commission
On May 20, the federal government constituted a three-member judicial commission to investigate the audio leak related to judges.
In order to investigate the audio leaks related to judges, the federal government has formed a three-member judicial commission.
The commission will comprise Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, and Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq.
A notification issued said the commission will be headed by Justice Isa. The notification also expressed concerns on behalf of the federal government.
The notification issued by the Cabinet Division says controversial audio leaks featuring a former chief justice of Pakistan are floating in the media. The conversation about judges raise serious concerns about their impartiality.
The audios of chief justices or judges of high courts have damaged public confidence, it further stated.
People have expressed concerns about the impartiality of judges of high courts, the document stated.
Earlier on May 22, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf challenged in the Supreme Court the judicial commission formed to investigate the audio leaks.
A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the judicial commission.
The petition pleaded that the notification of the formation of the judicial commission should be declared null and void.
“No judge can be nominated for the commission without the permission of the chief Justice of Pakistan,” the petition stated.
The only forum for investigation or proceedings against a judge is the Supreme Judicial Council, it added.
On May 20, the federal government had constituted a three-member judicial commission to investigate the audio leaks related to judges and judiciary.