SC issues detailed verdict in Justice Faez Isa case

SC issues detailed verdict in Justice Faez Isa case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court delivered a detailed ruling on Saturday in a case involving reviewing a petition in the Supreme Court filed by Judge Qazi Faez Isa against the president’s citation against him.

The judgment was written by Judges Maqbool Baqir, Mazhar Alam, Aminuddin and Sajjad Ali Shah, with annotated by Judge Yahya Afridi.

“This judgment must announce loud and clear that no one, including a Judge of the highest court in the land, is above the law. At the same time, no one, including a Judge of the highest court in the land, can be denied his right to be dealt with in accordance with law,” the judges remarked at the start of the verdict.

According to the judgement, the impugned directions “are found to have been made by this Court without adhering to the principle of natural justice, fair trial and due process…”.

Though the directives made by the Supreme Court were in good faith, the court “on its own, without putting to the parties on notice, without informing them what the Court was contemplating to do and without inviting and hearing their arguments on the matters dealt with therein, the above-noted legal and constitutional aspects of the impugned directions with their ramifications were not present in the mind of the Court while making the impugned directions”.

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