CJ Convened Like-minded Judges, Not Full Court Meeting Last Night, Reveals Hassan Ayub

CJ Convened Like-minded Judges, Not Full Court Meeting Last Night, Reveals Hassan Ayub
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial did not convene a full court meeting before the verdict in the suo motu powers case as being perceived by a few, but he summoned a huddle of like-minded judges, journalist Hassan Ayub confirmed on Tuesday.

While talking to journalist Asad Ali Toor on Tuesday, Ayub confirmed that the meeting held at the apex court's building last night didn't represent all SC judges.

Commenting on the development in his vlog, Toor said it seemed that the meeting was called to check the "pulse" of the matter.

He added that the top judge apparently wanted to confirm that none of the judges, who were part of the huddle, would back out from the bench that he was about to constitute.

Earlier today, a six-member bench of the Supreme Court – formed to deliberate on Justice Qazi Faez Isa's order freezing all the suo motu notices – "closed the case" after a five-minute hearing.

This larger SC bench included Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha Malik, and Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi.

This bench was formed earlier today to review the order passed in Suo Motu Case No. 4 of 2022. The order was a 2-1 majority verdict passed by a 3-member bench, with Justice Aminuddin Khan concurring with the majority view, while Justice Shahid Waheed dissented.

After hearing arguments in Suo Motu Case No. 4 of 2022 pertaining to the grant of additional 20 marks to Hafiz-e-Quran pre-medical candidates for admission into MBBS/BDS degrees, Justice Qazi Faez Isa had issued an order urging that all suo motu hearings be halted until rules were devised to structure the application of the Supreme Court’s extraordinary jurisdiction under Article 184(3).

It may be noted that an attempt was made to nullify this judicial order via a Supreme Court circular, which ended up in the removal of SC registrar Mr. Ishrat Ali in publicly embarrassing circumstances.