The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has issued another show-cause notice to Supreme Court (SC) Justice Qazi Faez Isa, this time for “writing letters to President Arif Alvi” after a presidential reference was filed against him, according to reports.
Justice Isa has so far received two show-cause notices on separate charges.
According to the report, the SJC in its fresh notice has asked Justice Isa to explain his conduct for writing letters to the president of Pakistan. It is learnt that SC judge has been given 14 days to submit his reply.
A Lahore-based lawyer Waheed Shahzad Butt had filed a complaint against Justice Isa for violating the code of conduct for members of the judiciary by “writing letters to the president of Pakistan and sharing it with the media”.
Interestingly, former Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was also ousted for delivering a speech at the Rawalpindi Bar Association.
In May, President Arif Alvi authorised the filing of references with the SJC against Justice Isa and Sindh High Court’s Justice KK Agha for allegedly not disclosing their foreign properties in their wealth statements.
Consequently, Justice Isa had written a letter to President Alvi seeking clarity regarding the reports that the government had filed a reference against him over allegations of misconduct. Copies of the letter were sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the apex court as well.
In the second letter to the president, the SC judge again requested a copy of the reference filed against him. He also expressed his concerns over the alleged media campaign against him.