LHC CJ Mansoor Ali Shah sets a new precedence in judicial history of Pakistan

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The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah has said that he was appointed as the director of Mansoor Textile Mills while he was studying. “It was a family business which was being run by my father. 

The Mill was sold in 1990 and I had completed by education in 1989. I have not played any important role in the business,” Mr Shah added.

Presenting himself for accountability, the judge said no one was above the law. “Everyone should be held accountable.”

He has also posted details of his annual tax returns on the LHC website in a move to show “transparency and openness”.

“Let it be opened for the sake of total disclosure, as we, being judges, have nothing to hide. I have posted my tax returns simply for the honour of this institution (judiciary),” CJ Shah said while addressing the Annual Tax Conference organised by Rawalpindi Islamabad Tax Bar Association on Friday.

“Public confidence is the basis of any judiciary,” the chief justice said, adding: “I take this step because some people are raising questions regarding this matter.”

Legal experts say this is the first time that such a disclosure is made by a superior court judge regarding their wealth.

Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was elevated as a judge of the Lahore High Court in 2009, and was appointed Chief Justice on 27 June 2016.

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