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The Sindh High Court building. — File photo
The Sindh High Court building. — File photo

KARACHI, June 17: The Sindh High Court on Monday issued show-cause notices to over 20 judges of the subordinate judiciary over their poor performance and alleged involvement of the judicial officers and their staff in corrupt practices.

Official sources told Dawn that an additional district and sessions judge was among those served with the show-cause notices. The rest of them were senior civil judges, civil judges/judicial magistrates, they added.

The sources said that the show-cause notices were issued to some of the judicial officers of the district courts following complaints of corruption against them and their staff, while others were served with show-cause notices for their three or more adverse performance evaluation reports (PERs). They said that the judicial officers were issued show-cause notices by an authorised officer — an SHC judge — designated by SHC Chief Justice Mushir Alam.

They said that the judicial officers were directed to submit their respective replies within seven days.

The sources said that the judicial officers whose replies to the show-cause notices were not found satisfactory would be given a hearing by the SHC before finalising any action against them.

While the move initiated by the SHC against the alleged corrupt judicial officers of the subordinate judiciary was being seen in the wake of the allegations levelled by the Sindh Bar Council, an official source said that the action was already in the pipeline and it merely coincided with the SBC utterances.

A meeting of the SBC held at Sukkur on Saturday under the chairmanship of its vice chairman Mohammad Aqil had expressed concern over widespread complaints about corruption in the lower judiciary and involvement of even judges in the menace.

Office-bearers and members of the SBC, the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) and the Karachi Bar Association (KBA), including Yaseen Khan Babar, Mehmood-ul-Hassan, Safdar Awan and Qurban Malano, besides senior lawyers attended the meeting.

The meeting noted that corruption in subordinate courts was rampant but the menace had made its way to high courts.

They urged the competent authorities to ensure that posting of judges in the Sindh High Court was made on merit and promotion was given only to honest judges with proven capabilities of dispensing justice in a transparent manner.

The SBC meeting had also observed that corrupt people were appointed and being promoted and this was the reason behind failure of efforts to check corruption in the judiciary.

The senior lawyers also demanded holding of an inquiry into promotions made in contravention of relevant constitutional provisions. Investigations into the complaints of irregularities and corruption in the judiciary should also be held, they added.On May 28, the SHC had promoted 27 civil judges/judicial magistrates as senior civil judges. Besides, 18 senior civil judges were promoted as additional district and sessions judges.

Comments (11) Closed

Hasan Hasni Jun 18, 2013 10:53am

The action of this judiciary on the issue with concrete result will enhance the prestige and respect of the judiciary. Well done SHC

salim A. Karim Jun 18, 2013 12:10pm

Where there is no Supremacy of Law, inevitably fate of that country is destruction

Iqbal Jun 18, 2013 01:15pm

The fish rots from the head.

Iqbal Jun 18, 2013 01:14pm

What about the suffering of the people affected by judgements of these judges?

samina noman Jun 18, 2013 02:09pm

good move, we support zero tolerance for corruption and incompetence in judiciary. it would be nice to see a follow up of the story by the paper to make sure decisions are taken ASAP and these cases are not left undecided for decades as happened in the past.

akram Jun 18, 2013 02:58pm

a step in the right direction, this is long overdue. the other issue with courts is that cases are prolonged by lawyers in order to maximise their earnings from clients. This needs to be checked in some way to bring faster justice in particular to small claims and family disputes.

when this happens the backlog of cases in the system will begin to fall and people will have faith in the judiciary. Currently this is lacking, I know of a personal case where our case (we were trying to evict a tennant) was in the courts for over 5 years, it was only after my father paid bribed the judge was the case resolved. How ridiculous is that?

Kam East Jun 18, 2013 10:02pm

Again Pakistani stupidity displayed again. There is simple solution. An office of Chief District judge should be created for every district. He/She should be appointed by the Judicial Commission or the Supreme Judicial Council. He/She should be head of the district judiciary. All District Judges be appointed by a panel of CJP, Provincial CJ, and Three senior high court judges OR by the Judicial Commissions. SIMPLE.

Syed Shere Jun 19, 2013 04:14am

Why are these judges not named in the article?

imranrahbar Jun 19, 2013 08:35am

Can some body follow up on this and what comes out of this? I can bet nothing!!!!

imranrahbar Jun 19, 2013 08:33am

Can some body follow up on this and what comes out of this? I can bet nothing!!!!

S.Nasir Mehdi Jun 20, 2013 02:50am

My case was remanded in 2011 by the High Court Multan to the Chief Settlement Commissioner which was to be heard by Notified Officer and decided with in three months. Since that date I have spent Over two laks but the case is still pending without hearing by the Notified Officer. IS THERE ANY ONE WHO CAN HELP ME OUT. I will be obliged. I have two expert lawyers to assist me.Any holy man seeing this to please contact