Supreme Court fines government in judges appointment case

Supreme Court fines government in judges appointment case

ISLAMABAD: (APP) The Supreme Court on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on federation over failing to submit reply in a case pertaining to procedure of appointment of superior court judges.

The court directed the federal government to submit reply in the case in four weeks.

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The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case moved by A.K. Dogar who is representing the Lawyers Foundation.

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During the course of proceedings, petitioner A. K Dogar appeared before the court and complained that no one gave information about the absence of Attorney General for Pakistan.

The CJP expressed annoyance over non-appearance of AGP. The government neither filed a reply nor fulfilled moral obligations, observed the CJP, while imposing the fine.

Hearing of the case was adjourned for four weeks.

It is to mention that the Supreme Court had sought the government's assistance in deciding a case seeking to do away with the practice of elevating senior lawyers as judges of the superior judiciary.