SC rejects govt’s plea to form ‘full court bench’ in Punjab CM election case
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has rejected petition filed by coalition government to form ‘full court’ bench to review who under Article 63-A is empowered to direct lawmakers to vote in the house.
A 3-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, comprising Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, conducted the hearing.
According to the brief verdict, the same three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, and comprising Justice Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar will hear the petition filed by the PTI. Following the decision, the country’s top court decided to adjourn the hearing on the ruling till 11:30am today (Tuesday).
The court said in a brief decision that the basis of the case is a legal question whether the party leader can instruct the members of the assembly or not.
In the decision, it has been said that Pervaiz Elahi’s lawyer said that the ruling is against the court decision and the constitution, while the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly said that the party chief can give instructions to the members.
The Supreme Court said that the request for more time is granted and the further hearing will be held today and the request to constitute a full court is rejected.
During the hearing, the court said that the case will be heard on merit.
On this occasion, the Federal Law Minister said that arguments have not been made on the revision case yet, it is a province of 12 crores and it is a serious matter.
During the hearing, CJP Bandial said that the case regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was heard by a full court because it was a “constitutional matter”.
“We have sent the prime minister home with five judges at that time you [coalition parties] were celebrating and now you are standing against this,” the chief justice said, adding that if this matter crosses the limit, then a full court will be formed.