Chief justice's removal: Pakistan

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Chief justices removal Pakistan

Once again, the Supreme Court is on trial

By Mamoon Kazi


ABOUT ten years ago, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan, was removed from his office by a ten-member bench of the Supreme Court, after he had instituted proceedings for contempt of court against Mr Nawaz Sharif, the then prime minister. The bench, while determining two petitions, concluded that Justice Shah was not the senior most judge of the Supreme Court at the time of his appointment as the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Therefore, the then government had no lawful authority to appoint him as such.

Once again, General Pervez Musharraf has sent a reference to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) under Article 209 of the Constitution, alleging that the present Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is guil

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