Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Justice Aminuddin Khan on Thursday recused himself from a five-member bench of the Supreme Court hearing the PTI’s petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to postpone polls in Punjab and KP.
At the outset of today's hearing, when the five-member bench comprising CJP Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Aminuddin and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail came to the courtroom. The CJP said Justice Amin wants to say something.
“After yesterday’s judgement, I recuse myself from hearing the case,” Justice Khan said.
He referred to a judgement, authored by himself and Justice Isa, issued a day earlier which noted that the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) did not have the power to make special benches or decide its members, and said that all hearings based on suo motu notices and cases of constitutional significance — under Article 184(3) — should be postponed until they are legislated upon.
After the recusal of a judge, a new bench will now be constituted to hear the case.