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SC dismisses Justice Isa’s plea for live broadcast of hearing on review petitions

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s plea for live coverage of proceedings of his review petition.

The application was dismissed by a majority of 6-4 judges, of a 10-judge larger bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

The court said a detailed decision on the petition will be issued later.

The majority judgment stated: “For reasons to be recorded later, this Misc. application is dismissed. However, the right of the people to have access to information in matters of public importance under Article 19-A of the Constitution is recognised, the details and modalities of which are to be decided by the Full Court on the administrative side.”

Justices Maqbool Baqar, Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Syed Mansoor Ali Shah were the judges dissenting with the decision.

Last month, Additional Attorney-General Aamir Rehman told the SC that the federal government is opposed to Justice Isa’s request for the live broadcast of review petition proceedings.

“Judges speak through their decisions, not on television,” he said.

He said Justice Isa has argued that live broadcasts would educate the people but “if law students did not learn from books, what would they learn from live broadcasts?”

Earlier, Justice Faez Isa, while giving arguments during the hearing of the case, said that government instead of spying on judges should focus on its job. I am alone and I am standing like a rock, he added.

SC had also rejected the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa but also ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to conduct an inquiry into the judge’s family members’ foreign assets and submit a report to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).

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