ISLAMABAD: Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi has challenged Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) proceedings in the Supreme Court as the accountability body was set to hear references against him today.
In his application to the top court, he sought the SJC stop its proceedings. At the last hearing, the Supreme Judicial Council had sought complete records of two Lahore properties in the name of Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi.
Complete records of Plot No. 144 Block F-1 in Gulberg 3 Lahore and Plot No. 100 St. John’s Park in Lahore Cantt were sought by the Council. The concerned government departments were also asked to appear before the SJC along with records regarding the two properties at 3:00 pm today. The Supreme Judicial Council had also issued notices to all relevant officers under Article 210 of the Constitution.
However, aggrieved by the development, Justice Naqvi challenged the SJC proceedings in the top court today and sought all the proceedings be declared closed. Mian Dawood, a Lahore-based lawyer, on February 23 had filed a complaint against Justice Naqvi for allegedly violating the code of conduct for judges of the Supreme Court issued under Clause (8) of Article 209 of the Constitution and accused the judge of “misconduct” and “amassing illegitimate assets”.
The Council is a constitutional body that probes allegations of misconduct against the judges of Supreme Court and high courts. It comprises the chief justice of Pakistan, two senior-most SC judges and two senior-most high courts’ chief justices.