CJP Umar Ata Bandial releases audio recording of JCP meeting after two judges reject SC statement
Cheif Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has ordered to make public the audio recording of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) meeting held on Thursday, after two senior judges and JCP members rejected a statement issued by the Supreme Court about the proceedings and outcome of the meeting.
In the statement issued by the Supreme Court, it has been stated that on the instructions of the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) and Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, the Public Relations Officer had issued a statement on the Judicial Commission, from which two respected judges, Justice Qazi Faiz Isa and Justice Tariq Masood disagreed, leading to controversy in the print and electronic media.
It was further informed that the audio statement given by Attorney General Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf between 1:29 and 1:38 has been released, in which he is addressing that the matters under discussion should be postponed to formulate appropriate rules.
The statement further stated that Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf did not express an opinion on the merits or demerits of any judge of the High Court, as a result of which the meeting was adjourned at the behest of 5 members of the Judicial Commission.
The statement said that in view of these extraordinary circumstances, the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan relaxed the ban under Rule 5(4) of the Rules of the Judicial Commission, 2010, and the audio recording of the proceedings of the Judicial Commission on July 28 was released on the website.
It should be noted that in the meeting of the Judicial Commission presided over by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial in the Supreme Court yesterday, there was no approval to bring any judge nominated by the Chief Justice to the Supreme Court.
The Judicial Commission rejected all the names under consideration by a majority of 5 to 4.
In the meeting, Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Attorney General Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf, Federal Law Minister Nazir Tarar and Representative Supreme Court Bar Council Akhtar Hussain voted against the nominees.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Retired Sarmad Jalal Usmani voted in favor.