Supreme Court News from Islamabad

Islamabad : Justice Falak Sher, one of the members of full court, constituted by acting CJ Mr. Justice Rana Bhagwan Das, has refused to sit in the full court. As per Mr. Justice Falak Sher, there is pending case in Supreme Court over Seniority Issue of Mr. Justice Falak Sher and Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary – hence he can not sit in court which has to hear the case of Mr. Justice Iftikhar Chuadhary.

Justice Khalil Ur Rehman Ramday has sent the case back to Mr. Justice Rana Bhagwan Das to re-constitute the full court. Mr. Justice Rana Bhagwan Das has now constituted full court excluding Mr. Justice Falak Sher. Full Court will now start its proceeding from tomorrow, Tuesday 15-May-2007

S. M. Zafar, one of the most prominent lawyer of the country has advised Government to not to send another reference against CJP. He also advised CJP to postpone his addresses to the bar councils of the country till the judgement of Full Bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Islamabad: Additional Registrar of Supreme Court of Pakistan was murdered earlier around 3 AM in Islamabad. As per reports, some dacoits entered his house in Islamabad and on resistance shown by Hammad Raza, the additional registrar of Supreme Court of Pakistan – they opened fired, Hammad was rushed to PIMS (Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences) but couldn’t succumb to injuries and died.

Update on Murder of Additional Registar of Supreme Court : Unidentified gunmen killed a senior Supreme Court official in Islamabad early Monday after a weekend of deadly violence over the suspension of the chief justice, police said.

Syed Hamid Raza was shot dead hours before the court was due to start a hearing into the legality of charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

“Unknown gunmen broke into the house of Supreme Court additional registrar Raza and shot him dead,” Islamabad police officer Mohammad Aslam told AFP.

Police were still investigating the motive for the killing, he said.

Syed Hammad Raza was serving in Baluchistan High Court and he was brought to Supreme Court in the era of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary – it might be another killing by the state???

Throughout the country, lawyers have staged protests and have boycotted the proceedings of the court in protest to killings of innocent civilians by the ruling party in Karachi.

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