Karachi: In a response to Sindh High Court SHC Chief Justice Mushir Alam remarks against Sindh Bar Council SBC, SBC on Wednesday announced to boycott the court proceedings throughout the province.
SBC took constant pot-shot at SHC Chief Justice as saying that he was following the footsteps of former Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitution Order promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf in 2007 in defiance of a Supreme Court restraining orders.
Taking to media Mehmoodul Hassan member SBC said that legal fraternity had strived for the restoration of the judiciary with an aim that it would bring an end to widespread corruption in judiciary and dispense justice. However, he added that on contrary to their expectations corruption was rampant in the judiciary and those judicial officers involved in corruption were promoted to next ranks.
He said that SHC chief justice during his speech on visit to Sukkur remarked that SBC was defaming the judiciary for their only petty interests, adding his comments about SBC are not tolerable and tantamount to insulting lawyers.
He said that chief justice during his speech said that he had issued showcause notice to over 20 judges over corruption allegations but he did not specify that when he issued the notice. He held that showcause notices were issued to judges one and half year back and those who got notices had filed application for a hearing to defend allegations against them but to no avail.
Mehmood further said that he had evidences of corruption in judiciary, adding those judges of subordinate courts involved in corruption were given promotions. He said that judges who were promoted to next ranks also included two judges, one who took oath under PCO and other was sacked over corruption charges.
He said that powers for inspection of corruption were given to SHC senior Judge Sajjad Ali Shah instead of a civil judge, adding several complaints were pending before him but he was being not swinging into action.
Mehmood went to such extent to say that restored Judges had traded the sacrifices of martyrdoms on 9 April and 12 May and they were insulting the lawyers who raised voice against corruption.
Aqil Awam vice chairman of SBC announced boycott of court proceedings and said that lawyers would stay away from courtrooms.