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Freshly sworn in CJP takes first suo motu

Updated Dec 12, 2013 07:11pm
On December 12, 2013, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) looks on as Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (C) administers the oath of office to Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani (R) as Chief Justice of Pakistan at the oath taking ceremony in Islamabad.— Photo by AFP
On December 12, 2013, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) looks on as Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (C) administers the oath of office to Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani (R) as Chief Justice of Pakistan at the oath taking ceremony in Islamabad.— Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Newly appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, after taking oath, took his first suo motu notice against the leakage of Full Court Reference proceedings footage.

The chief justice directed Additional Registrar Supreme Court Muhammad Ali to hold an inquiry into the alleged incident so as to determine its authenticity and take action against the delinquents, if found guilty.

The Chief Justice took notice on a note of Registrar, Supreme Court, containing the details that it is widely reported in the electronic and print media that a certain Media Group was given access inside the Court Room No1 to have exclusive footage of the proceedings of Full Court Reference on December 11.

Earlier during the day Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took oath as the 21st Chief Justice of Pakistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath of office to Justice Tassaduq, the senior most judge of the apex court after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, members of the federal cabinet, envoys of foreign countries and Supreme Court judges attended the oath-taking ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Chaudhry, originally appointed in 2005 during the military rule of Pervez Musharraf and who came to be one of the architects of the former general's downfall, has divided opinion.

Some have praised him for fearlessly taking on politicians and security agencies, while others have criticised him for exceeding the proper authority of the chief justice and interfering in political matters.

Legal circles see the 64-year-old Jillani to be a far quieter presence.

Justice Jillani has been a Supreme Court judge since 2004 and, like Chaudhry, was sacked when Musharraf imposed emergency rule in November 2007.

Prime Minister Nawaz and President Mamnoon congratulated Justice Jillani after he was sworn in today.