KARACHI: Hours after a ‘resignation letter’ purportedly written by Larkana Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Gul Zameer Solangi went viral on the social media claiming that he was stepping down from office due to the “humiliation” meted out to him by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar the other day, the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) Public Relations Office on Tuesday evening claimed that the ‘letter’ was in fact, fake.
Solangi had switched off his phone soon after the news spread on social media and has not issued a confirmation or denial himself.
“It is to clarify that the news viral [sic] on different TV channels and social media regarding the resignation of Mr Gul Zameer Solangi, second ADSJ Larkana, is based on a fake resignation letter,” the SHC PRO said in a statement.
“Neither such resignation letter has been sent nor received by the office of the learned Registrar,” it added.
The message also advised media houses to first confirm reports before airing them.
The issue had begun when, during a visit to Larkana on Saturday, Chief Justice Nisar had expressed anger at ADSJ Solangi while witnessing proceedings in his courtroom.
The CJP had questioned the judge about a case he was hearing, and, upon getting an unsatisfactory reply, had summoned District and Sessions Judge Abdul Naeem Memon. The visibly angry CJP had asked Justice Memon to ask Justice Solangi as to what case he was proceeding with and under which provision.
It appeared that, upon leaving the courtroom, the CJP had also spotted the judge’s mobile phone on the latter’s desk. He picked up the phone and threw it onto the desk in anger, rebuking the judge and telling him to leave his phone in his chamber while he heard cases.
A resignation letter, purporting to be Solangi’s, had begun circulating on the social and electronic media, stating that the judge was resigning because of “humiliating behaviour” of the CJP.
Referring to the exchange, which happened in his court, the fake letter had regretted that the exchange was “widely aired in the electronic, print and social media”.
“I have suffered deep anguish and injury to my self-respect and dignity,” the letter had read. “Therefore, I am unable to continue my job with your esteemed organisation.”