Six-member SC bench disposes of Justice Isa-led bench suo motu notice

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ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday disposed of a suo motu case regarding additional 20 marks for a Hafiz-e-Quran student for admission into an MBBS/BDS degree program.
The six-member bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and consisting of Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Mazahar Naqvi, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha Malik, and Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, issued its ruling shortly after a brief hearing of the case.
The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council informed the bench during the hearing that it was not awarding additional marks at the time when the suo motu notice was taken. In response to this, Justice Akhtar observed that the suo motu case had become ineffective.
It is noteworthy that this is the same case in which a three-member bench, comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Aminuddin Khan, and Justice Shahid Waheed, had previously issued a majority verdict of 2-1, ordering the postponement of cases being heard under Article 184(3) of the Constitution until the amendments made in the Supreme Court Rules 1980 regarding the discretionary powers enjoyed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan to form benches.


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