Audio Leaks Probe Commission: SC Adjourns Hearing Till Next Week

The Supreme Court adjourned hearing of petitions against the formation of the inquiry commission, investigating the recent audio leaks till next week.

The court said that new petitions had been filed against the commission and that it would hear them next week.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial headed the five-member Bench.

In the previous hearing, the court had issued a stay order against the proceedings of the inquiry commission.

The Court stated that the formation of the Commission was done without consulting the Chief Justice Of Pakistan, which goes against the independence of the judiciary and the distribution of powers in state institutions.

The court also mentioned that in case of a violation of the code of conduct, no Judge of the superior judiciary can be subjected to any parallel forum as per article 209 of the constitution, the supreme judicial council exists.

Yesterday, the Federal Government objected to the bench conducting the hearing against the formation of the Audio Leaks Commission and requested Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ejazul Ahsan, and Justice Muneeb Akhtar to recuse themselves from the case.

Various petitions were filed for the formation of a new Bench. The petitions stated that all three judges have some connection to the audio leaks, and there is also an audio recording in front of the Commission allegedly related to the Chief Justice's mother in-law.

According to judicial decisions and the code of conduct for judges, no judge can hear a case involving their relatives, so the chief justice should not preside over this matter.

The miscellaneous petitions further mentioned that in the past, objections were raised against former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the Arsalan Iftikhar case, after which he recused himself from the Bench.