PBC files misconduct complaint against Justice Mazahar Naqvi in SJC

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has filed a misconduct complaint against Supreme Court judge Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), it emerged on Friday.

As per details, PBC had decided last month to move the top judicial body when an audio tape surfaced allegedly featuring a conversation about the fixation of the case before a particular bench or judge with former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi.

The complaint was filed by PBC Vice Chairperson Haroon Rasheed and PBC Chairperson Executive Committee Hasan Raza Pasha.

It maintained that the judges of the Supreme Court, constituting the SJC, devised the code of conduct for judges of the superior courts “in the exercise of their powers under Article 209 (8) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Thus, respect and compliance with such code become the foremost duty of the judges of the Supreme Court”.

It stated that “the judge’s task is to ensure that equality should prevail in all things” but the “performance and conduct of the superior judiciary has become a talk of the town everywhere in Pakistan”.

The petition continued that the superior judiciary was already “under criticism” and the “audio leaks attributed to the respondent may have not pricked the conscience of the respondent judge but the Pakistan Bar Council has taken the matter with great concern for the sake of respect and dignity of the superior judiciary of Pakistan”.

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