Shaukat Siddiqui writes to CJP; pleads for fixing his case for hearing
The former judge of Islamabad High Court, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan pleading him to fix his case against his removal from the IHC for hearing, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The former judge wrote in his epistle to Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad that he dedicated 23 years of his life to the profession of law. He contended that he was removed illegally by making an excuse of one of his speeches.
He wrote that his case had not fixed for hearing before his retirement date. He was of the view that his human rights were violated by not listening to his case. He alleged that judges of the Supreme Court seemed to be biased towards him.
Siddiqui was removed from the office on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) under Article 209 of the Constitution for “displaying a conduct unbecoming of a judge” when he delivered a speech at the District Bar Association, Rawalpindi, on July 21, 2018.
Former judge Siddiqui had alleged that the agencies were manipulating judicial proceedings in several cases.
Mr Siddiqui challenged the decision of his removal in Supreme Court.
Mr Siddiqui got retired on June 30. The first hearing of Mr Siddiqui’s review plea was held on 13 Feb, 2020. The Supreme Court fixed his review plea for hearing for 9 times, but for 4 times the case was adjourned without hearing.
Mr Siddiqui was supposed to become the chief justice of Islamabad High Court on 28 Nov, 2018 but he delivered his speech on July 21, 2018 and was ousted.
The sacked judge entered the review petition in the apex court against the SJC’s decision of his dismissal.
Reporter Amanat Gishkori