CJ says Supreme Judicial Council will continue to work without any fear and pressure

ISLAMABAD, Sept 11 (INP): Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday said the apex court as an institution sees the impression about ongoing accountability process being political engineering a dangerous trend.

Speaking at a ceremony which marked the new judicial year, he said “we are determined to play our role in accordance with the constitution and the law”

Speaking about suo motu powers of the apex court, he said it would be used for issues of national importance only.

The TV channel reported that the CJ said he was well aware of the fact that a section of society is not happy for (court’s) lack of interest in judicial activism.

He said the same segment of society used to criticize the judicial activism.

The chief justice said this section of society appreciates the suo motue taken on the demand of some people.

He said instead of judicial activism, the Supreme Court was promoting the functional Judicialism.

He said “Decision has been made to put the house in order. We reckon to refrain from taking suo motu is safer and less harmful.

He said at the beginning of last judicial year, the number of pending cases stood at 1.8 million which according to Law and Justice Commission has now dropped to a little over 1.7 million.

The chief justice said the President has the authority to order an inquiry into conduct of a judge.

He said the Supreme Judical Council could not ignore such constitutional instructions.

He, however, clarified that the complaint from the President could not influence the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).

The chief justice said the body is conducting its proceedings on the two references sent by the president.

Justice Khosa said all the members and the chairman of the council continue to uphold their oath and the SJC would continue its work without any fear, pressure and ill-intention.

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