Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, IHC judge Dismissed

Terming Siddiqui of guilty of misconduct, it stated that therefore, he was liable to be removed from his office under Article 209 (6) of the Constitution.

President Arif Alvi on Thursday removed Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council (SCJ).

A notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice stated that under Article 209(5), the president took the decision on the SJC recommendation under Article 209(6) read with Article 48(1) of the Constitution.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, an IHC judge, displayed a conduct unbecoming of a high court judge, the council unanimously opined that while delivering the speech before the District Bar Association in Rawalpindi on July 21.

 

 

Terming Siddiqui was liable to be removed from his office under Article 209 (6) of the Constitution of guilty of misconduct.

Led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, this was the opinion of the five members of the SJC,

Other judges on the panel included: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Lahore High Court’s Chief Justice Yawar Ali and Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh.

The IHC judge met with a government official in June and July this year. IHC’s Chief Justice Anwar Kasi already denied Justice Siddiqui’s allegations. The council conducted a hearing on the matter in October this year. This hearing lasted over more than three hours.

 

It is learnt that Justice Siddiqui is considering filing a constitutional petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, challenging the SJC opinion.