Supreme Judicial Council dismisses IHC Judge plea

Supreme Judicial Council dismisses IHC Judge plea

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Thursday dismissed a plea by a judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking an open trial in proceedings of alleged misconduct against him.

The five-judge bench of the SJC, under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the plea filed by the IHC judge.

Senior lawyer Hamid Khan appeared on behalf of the high court judge. The council had, on May 18, reserved its ruling over the plea by the judge seeking an open trial instead of in-camera proceedings.

The council, while issuing a 12-page order, observed that it is in the larger interest of judiciary that the proceedings are not conducted in open court, as the issue brought before the SJC and the allegations levelled may ultimately prove false, frivolous or vexatious.