PM’s order sought for probe against GB judges
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council of Gilgit-Baltistan is seeking prime minister’s approval for holding an inquiry into allegations of misconduct levelled against two judges of the region’s apex court.
The council comprises the chief judge and the most senior judge of the Supreme Appellate Court and the chief justice of the Chief Court.
Since a member of SJC is among those facing the allegations, the council’s secretariat has asked the prime minister to depute some other judge to hear the reference.
The Gilgit-Baltistan SJC has in a letter informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that its chairman has taken cognisance of references filed against the two judges.
According to the letter, “besides other allegations, the allegation of non-deduction of house rent allowance is evident from the record and (the fact) that they are residing in government residences since their induction in the Chief Court, GB, in 2005 and they are also drawing house rent allowance of Rs68,000-70,000 per month which they were not entitled (to) at all and (it) comes within the purview of misconduct and unbecoming of judges of the superior court”.
The reference against one judge said that he was facing at least three FIRs before his appointment to the Chief Court during the rule of retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in 2005.
“Such a matter can be taken up by the Supreme Judicial Council of Gilgit-Baltistan under Article 66 of Gilgit-Baltistan (empowerment and self governance) Order 2009,” the letter said.
According to procedure, it said, “on information received from the Supreme Judicial Council or from any other sources, the chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council or the governor of the Chief Court, as the case may be, shall direct the Supreme Judicial Council to inquire into the matter”.
Published in Dawn, January 30th, 2016