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SC reserves verdict on disengaging CJ till end of Arsalan case

October 04, 2012


Supreme Court of Pakistan. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on an appeal against objections placed by the registrar office on a constitutional petition, seeking a judicial order to refrain the chief justice of Pakistan from functioning till final disposal of Arsalan Iftikhar's case.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard contentions of Afzala Qureshi advocate in his chamber against order of deputy registrar Lahore registry branch, Lahore.

The petitioner had pleaded that there was no provision to empower even the registrar to return any case filed with it.

In her appeal, she maintained that the maintainability of the petition under article 184 (3) was purely a legal issue and no administrative office of the Supreme Court had jurisdiction to decide upon the legality of the cause.

The jurisdiction to adjudicate upon the merits of the case was vested only with the judges of the court, she added.

She said that the issue involved in the case was neither scandalous nor derogatory as she sought interpretation of few legal and constitutional issues.

She requested that the impugned order of the deputy registrar might be set aside and her constitutional petition should be ordered to be fixed for regular hearing.