September 28, 2021

Chief Justice Shaikh again declines to be ad hoc judge

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Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Ahmed Ali Sheikh once again declined to become an ad hoc judge in the Supreme Court.

A meeting of the Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan on August 10, recommended that Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court Ahmed Ali Sheikh be brought as an ad hoc judge in the Supreme Court.

Prior to the meeting, Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh had informed the Chief Justice of Pakistan about his reluctance to become as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court.

Following the recommendation of the commission, the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court has once again informed the Judicial Commission of its decision in a letter.

Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman Khush Dil Khan has strongly condemned the nomination of Justice Shaikh as an ad hoc judge of the apex court, without his consent, by the JCP at its Tuesday meeting, after he had expressed his unwillingness to become an ad hoc judge.

He said it was a violation of Article 182 of the Constitution as the high court chief justice could not be appointed as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court. Only a retired judge of the apex court or high court could be appointed as an ad hoc judge of the apex court, he contended.