Pakistan Bar Council restores ex-judge Shaukat Siddiqui’s licence

By: News Desk      Published: 04:19 PM, 27 Nov, 2021
Pakistan Bar Council restores ex-judge Shaukat Siddiqui’s licence
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The Enrolment Committee of Pakistan Bar Council has restored the licence of former Islamabad High Court chief justice Shaukat Siddiqui allowing him to practice law, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A three-member Enrolment Committee of the PBC under the chair of Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Saturday gave approval to restore the practicing licence of the ousted IHC chief justice Shaukat Siddiqui.

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.

He had alleged that the agencies were manipulating judicial proceedings in several cases.

Siddiqui challenged the decision of his removal in the Supreme Court. 

Siddiqui got retired on June 30, 2021. The first hearing of Siddiqui’s review plea was held on 13 Feb, 2020. The Supreme Court fixed his review plea for hearing for 9 times, but 4 times the case was adjourned without hearing. 

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 Ehtisham Kiyani