CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed gives verdict on Justice Qazi Faiz Isa review petition
*Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed will decide on the size of the bench that would hear the review petition against the judgement in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa case, the Supreme Court said Monday.*
Justice Umar Ata Bandial read the verdict that was reserved on December 10.
Justice Isa, his wife Sarina Isa and members of bar councils had challenged the hearing of review petition by a six-member bench. They said that a larger bench heard the case.
The court, in its order, said that the chief justice has the authority to make a bench to hear review petitions. The chief justice can constitute a larger bench or allow the same one to take up the review petitions, it said, adding that the judge who authored the original judgement must be included in the bench.
If the judge that authored the judgement remains unavailable, then the judge who agreed to the judgment shall be included in the review bench, the court ruled.
Justice Isa and his wife had challenged the Supreme Court’s order on the presidential reference seeking the removal of the Supreme Court judge for failing to disclose the foreign properties of his family members in his wealth statement.