‘Certain powers’ were out to get Shaukat Siddiqui out, SC told

‘Certain powers’ were out to get Shaukat Siddiqui out, SC told

Hamid Khan Claimed That Imran Khan Regretted Filing a Reference Against Justice Qazi

Senior counsel Hamid Khan claimed Monday that former prime minister Imran Khan regretted filing a reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The petition was filed over the judge’s alleged failure to disclose his properties in London. 

“Imran Khan believes he was misled by some party members while he was not inclined to move a reference against Justice Isa,” Hamid Khan said.

The disgruntled leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said that the former prime minister had to succumb to the inappropriate advice.

Filing the Reference Against Isa Was A Mistake

The PTI chief had during various interactions conceded that filing the reference against Isa was a mistake. 

The bench had taken up an appeal of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui against an opinion of the SJC which he was removed as the superior court judge over his 2018 speech at the Rawalpindi District Bar Association.

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Hamid Khan Furnished Before the Supreme Court Written Formulations

On Monday, Hamid Khan furnished before the SC written formulations stating that there were overwhelming circumstances and facts in the present case that certain powers were antagonistic towards Shaukat Siddiqui as a judge and they strived to get him, whatever it might take. 

In his speech, the ex-judge had made remarks about the involvement of certain state officials, specifically from the premier intelligence agency, in the affairs of the judiciary to influence the formation of benches of the high court. 

The SJC had held in its recommendations that by making the speech, Siddiqui had not only violated the code of conduct but also displayed behavior unbecoming of a judge and violated the traditional requirements of the behavior expected of a superior court judge. 

“His victimization was a clear attempt on the part of certain elements in the executive to subdue independent judges and subject them to inducement and threat to obtain results of their own choice and desire,” Hamid stated.

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