Former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. — APP/File
Former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. — APP/File

ISLAMABAD: Minutes after the Supreme Court took suo motu notice on Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) judges’ letter, former chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani recused himself from heading the one-man commission formed by the government to probe the allegations regarding the intelligence interference in judicial matters.

The former CJ, while excusing himself, noted that since the letter was written by the judges to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and chief justice, it would have been “violative of judicial propriety” for him to probe the matter, which he argued, may fall “within the jurisdiction of a constitutional body which is the Supreme Judicial Council or the Supreme Court of Pakistan itself”.

former chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillanis letter to PM Shehbaz Sharif. — Geo News/Reporter
former chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani’s letter to PM Shehbaz Sharif. — Geo News/Reporter 

Justice (retd) Jillani also noted that the “terms of the reference for inquiry” were not relevant to the subject asked to probe by the six IHC judges in their letter. He also noted that at the end of the letter the judges had requested for an “institutional consultation” on the issue.

“Though, the letter in question may not strictly fall within the parameters of Article 209 of the Constitution, but the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan being a paterfamilias may address and resolve the issues raised in the letter at the institutional level. For the afore-referred reasons, I recuse myself to head the commission and proceed with the inquiry,” said Justice (retd) Jillani in the letter. 


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