Why Sharif family wants 5 member SC bench to hear the review petitions

Why Sharif family wants 5 member SC bench to hear the review petitions

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif submitted an application on Saturday in the Supreme Court, requesting the review petitions filed against decision of the Panama case five-member bench be heard first, Geo News has reported.

As per the application, it has been stated that one of the review petitions argues the five-member bench should not be given the authority for the final order. Instead, the three-member JIT bench must have the jurisdiction to render the final judgement in the Panama case, states the application.

One of the reasons stated for the request reads that since the five-member’s is the larger bench, the smaller three-member bench would not be able to upset or preempt the former’s decision.

On Saturday, the Supreme Court issued an amended cause list scheduling for hearing only the four review petitions filed by the Sharifs against decision of the three-member Panama case Joint Investigation Team. However, hearing has not been scheduled for the main eight review petitions against decision of the five-member bench.

When contacted, former president Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris told Geo News they could not understand why hearing over review petitions has been scheduled before the three-member bench when all the judges of the five-member bench were available.