IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in hot waters

IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in hot waters
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*ISLAMABAD: *Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was served a notice by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) shortly after his remarks against Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, initiating a misconduct proceeding against him on a pending complaint.

According to the notice, complaint numbered SJC 242 of 2015 against Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was fixed for hearing before the SJC on Saturday, July 7 at 11am in the conference room of the Supreme Court building.

The complaint against IHC judge had been pending since 2015 in which several charges had been framed against him. The federal government had hired service of Maulvi Anwarul Haq Advocate to prosecute him.

On February 21, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced that all complaints against superior courts judges in the SJC will be decided by June.

However, several complaints still remain undecided.

On May 10, the SJC suspended proceedings, after the IHC judge urged the apex court to hold an open trial. The top court’s larger bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat, had remanded the matter of holding in-camera trials for judges to the SJC for reconsideration. However, no meeting was held during this period.

In February, the SJC served another show-cause notice on Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui for questioning the role of the ‘constitutional institution’ in the matter relating to the Faizabad sit-in last year.

Later, the judge submitted a reply in this regard but the council had rejected it.

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