Justice Qazi Faez Isa presidential reference verdict announced by SC
Islamabad: Supreme Court of Pakistan has termed a reference filed by President of Pakistan against Justice Qazi Faez Isa as constitutional as the top court has issued a detailed verdict in the case.
“The present constitutional challenge made by the Petitioners representing the entire lawyers' community of the country, have been able to successfully establish that the worthy President grossly failed to exercise his discretion as mandated under the Constitution and, thus, the entire process built thereon leading to the 224 Const. P.17 of 2019, etc. filing of the Reference was in violation of the law and the Constitution,” read the 224-page deatiled verdict link penned Justice Umar Atta Bandial.
The apex court further ruled that the reference against the judge cannot be declared that it was based on mala fide intentions.
It further said that the reference was filed on the basis of London properties and not the Faizabad sit-in case.
It further said that there is no section which states that reference against a judge should be secret. The investigators can brief the president but not advise him, the court said.
On June 19 this year, a full bench of the top court had nullfied the reference by issued a short order.
Background of Presidential reference
On June 2, 2019, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) had initiated the proceedings against Justice Faez Isa for owning foreign assets.