SC quashes presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa

SC quashes presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday dismissed the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).


The short verdict was announced by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, leading the 10-judge full court bench hearing the case.

A detailed verdict will be announced later.

The case was wrapped up after Justice Isa’s wife provided the money trail pertaining to her foreign properties and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) provided its input on the matter.

The full court has also withdrawn the show-cause notice against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

The SC ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman to send a notice regarding property to Justice Qazi Faez Isa within 7-days and complete its investigation in 60 days.

The top court remarked that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will be informed within 75 days.

The court announced the judgment hours after it was reserved by the bench during the hearing held in the morning.

The ten-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed was hearing the case regarding proceedings of the SJC against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

The reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa alleges that he acquired three properties in London on lease in the name of his wife and children between 2011 and 2015, but did not disclose them in wealth returns.