A five-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Irfan Saadat Khan performed proceedings on the plea.
In the course of the case listening to, CJP Isa stated the issue just isn’t the speech however its textual content within the case pertaining to the dismissal of former choose Siddiqui by the Supreme Judicial Council.
The chief justice remarked that if a choose is eliminated for giving a speech, then half of the judiciary will go dwelling.
“Many judges give speeches in bar council conferences. The issue just isn’t the speech however the textual content of the speech,” he remarked.
“A choose’s code of conduct doesn’t stop him from talking. The issue is once you make calls for in your speech,” CJP added.
These remarks by the nation’s high choose got here throughout the resumption of the listening to of the ex-judge’s plea difficult his dismissal.
The proceedings had been broadcast stay on the apex courtroom’s web site in addition to on its YouTube channel.
The case was mounted for listening to earlier this month after the choose filed a miscellaneous software with the Supreme Court docket to conduct an early listening to of his plea in opposition to the choice by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on his dismissal.
The chief justice stated that judges additionally give interviews in Britain and take part in debates in the US.
“The eyes of the whole nation are on us. Right here is the query of respecting the constitutional establishments,” the chief justice said, questioning what order ought to be issued by the bench in such circumstances.
Justice Mandokhail questioned if it was applicable for a choose to have levelled the allegations in the way in which that Siddiqui did.
“We should always not neglect the info,” the CJP responded.
Justice Mandokhail requested: “If the allegations are true, was Shaukat Siddiqui’s process as a choose applicable?”
The chief justice stated there isn’t any restriction on the choose’s speech. “If this had been the case, many judges would have missed the speech. The issue is the factors raised within the speech of Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.”
He requested if the courtroom may examine the matter itself. “Can the Supreme Judicial Council case be constitutionally remanded?”
Responding to CJP Isa, Hamid and Ramay’s lawyer stated the case can’t be despatched again to the SJC.
“Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui is retired and can’t be reinstated as a choose,” he stated, including that the SJC can not look into his case.
Within the final listening to of the case, held on December 14 final 12 months, the apex courtroom ordered former choose Siddiqui to appoint the ex-spy chief and others within the plea in opposition to his dismissal.
It have to be famous that the previous choose was faraway from his place within the IHC for his speech concentrating on intelligence companies when he was addressing the Rawalpindi Bar Affiliation on July 21, 2018.
In his handle, the ex-judge accused delicate establishments of interfering in judicial work.