SJC dismisses misconduct reference against Justice Faez Isa

SJC dismisses misconduct reference against Justice Faez Isa

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Monday quashed a reference against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa alleging that Justice Isa had violated the code of conduct for judges by writing two letters to President of Pakistan Arif Alvi.

The reference, filed by Advocate Waheed Shahzad Butt under Article 209 of the Constitution, was one of two pending references against the top court’s judge.

The SJC had asked Justice Isa to explain his conduct for writing letters to the president of Pakistan.

“The record shows that at the relevant time the respondent-Judge was also under some stress because of the medical condition of his father-in-law and the daughter which stress might have aggravated his sense of harassment and might have contributed towards outrunning of his discretion,” reads a written order issued by the SJC.

“In this view of the matter the alleged impropriety in the private letters written by the respondent-Judge to the President has not been found by us to be serious or grave enough to constitute misconduct sufficient for his removal from the exalted office of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” the order read.