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Pak constitutional body recommends removal of HC judge over remarks against ISI

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A high-level constitutional body in on Thursday recommended the removal of a high for his scathing remarks against the country's powerful spy agency ISI, the first such case in nearly five decades.

The (SJC) recommended to remove Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who was facing a case of alleged misconduct over his controversial speech targeting the (ISI).

Justice Siddiqui while addressing the on July 21 had alleged that the was manipulating judicial proceedings to constitute panel of judges to get favourable decisions.

The had asked the of to take the notice of the remarks after IHC rejected the allegations against Siddique.

The matter was referred to the SJC, which is the body to take up complaints against judges of higher courts and also recommend punitive actions including removal from judiciary.

A five-member SJC bench, headed by of (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing the case.

The SJC after hearing the case issued its decision on Thursday, asking to remove Siddique as his conduct was unbecoming of a

The Council is unanimously of the opinion that in the matter of making his speech...Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Judge, Court, Islamabad had displayed conduct unbecoming of a of High Court and was, thus, guilty of misconduct and he is, therefore, liable to be removed from his office, the panel said.

The 39-page opinion of the SJC was penned by Justice

Siddiqui's said that though there is no provision of appeal against the decision of the SJC but he will take the matter to the

Siddiqui is the removed by SJC since removal of Justice of in 1973 for corruption.

Most of the judges have opted to tender their resignation to avoid an SJC inquiry. However, Justice Siddiqui opted to face the charges of misconduct.

The proceeding of the case against judge Ali went on for 10 months.

Interestingly, cases of misconduct against chief justice Nisar and three other judges of have been with the SJC for a long time but no proceeding has taken place. But the case against Siddiqui was decided after preliminary hearing held in-camera.

Siddiqui is the second senior most judge of the IHC and was in line to become chief justice of IHC in November when incumbent Kansi is set to retire.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 21:00 IST