Judged out: President removes Justice Siddiqui on SJC’s recommendation
Arif Alvi has removed Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), a notification issued by the law ministry said on Thursday.
A letter written by the SJC had emerged earlier in the day, in which the council had said it found Justice Siddiqui guilty of misconduct over a speech he delivered in July earlier this year before the Rawalpindi District Bar Association.
The Supreme Judicial Council earlier in the day recommended removal of Islamabad High Court judge Justice Shaukat Siddiqui from his office over his controversial speech before the District Bar Association, Rawalpindi on 21 July, 2018.
The said recommendation has been sent to President Arif Alvi.
According to the recommendation “Mr. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Judge, Islamabad High Court, Islamabad had displayed conduct unbecoming of a Judge of a High Court and was, thus, guilty of misconduct and he is, therefore, liable to be removed from his officer under Article 209(6) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.”
On July 21, Justice Siddiqui in his speech blamed the higher judiciary for the country’s ‘deplorable’ state of affairs.
Commenting on the matter the next day while hearing a case, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had observed, “I read about the remarks of a judge in Islamabad and was deeply saddened”.
Adding to the matter, the army, in a press release issued the same day, stated: “An honourable judge of Islamabad High Court of Pakistan has levelled serious allegations against state institutions including honourable judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency.
In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly”.
The apex court then took a suo motu notice of the matter following which Justice Siddiqui asked the chief justice to constitute a judicial commission to probe his allegations and offered to resign if he’s proven wrong