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The SJC took a presidential reference against Justice KK Agha

The SJC took a presidential reference against Justice KK Agha

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Wednesday took a presidential reference filed against Justice KK Agha of the Sindh High Court.

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed presided over the meeting of the council while two most senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Umar Ata Bandial besides Chief Justice of SHC Ahmed Ali A Sheikh and Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Mann Allah participated. It was learned that Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Amir Rehman participated in the proceedings on behalf of the Attorney General.

As the proceedings of the Supreme Judicial Council are conducted on camera, the results of Wednesday’s proceedings could not be ascertained. In 2019, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government filed two presidential references against Supreme Court Judge Qazi Faiz Issa and Sindh High Court (SHC) Judge KK Agha. The council had issued show cause notices to both judges. Justice Faiz Issa had challenged the show cause notice in the Supreme Court. However, Justice KK Agha wants to face the SJC’s action. The presidential reference alleged that although KK Agha had declared his foreign assets in 2018, he did not disclose their value.

Seven judges including Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Mian Khel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed had referred the matter to the Federal Board of Revenue. Recently, on April 26, the same bench accepted Justice Isa’s review petitions against the spouses and children of Justice Qazi Faiz Issa and fixed June 19, 2020.