Azad Kashmir Judicial Crisis Aggravates7 April 2010
The News International
Muzaffarabad: Acting Chief Justice Manoorul Hasan of Azad Kashmirís Supreme Court (SC) held as unconstitutional the Judicial Council established with deposed Chief Justice Riaz Akhtar Chaudhry as its head. However, the same Judicial Council ordered the Acting CJ Manzoorul Hasan and High Court CJ Ghulam Mustafa Mughal to stop functioning. The new Supreme Judicial Council headed by acting CJ Manzoor heard a reference against deposed CJ Riaz Akhtar Chaudhry in Muzaffarabad. No one appeared from the deposed CJ. On this, the Council decided to act unilaterally. Justice Manzoor said in his remarks that the Judicial Council under the deposed CJ is unconstitutional and directed the government of Azad Kashmir to present to the court all evidences against the deposed CJ by 10am tomorrow. He said the SJC also bound the government not to transfer any official including chief secretaries until the case hearing is completed. Meantime, CJ of High Court Ghulam Mustafa Mughal sacked two judges-Rafiullah Sultani and Younis Tahir. Shaukat Aziz Advocate filed a writ against the appointments of these two judges. Also, former Judicial Council held its meting in Mirpur under deposed CJ Riaz Akhtar Chaudhry, which accepted the reference sent from Azad Kashmir President for hearing. The Council ordered the Acting CJ Manzoor and the High Courtís CJ Ghulam Mustafa to stop working and appear before the SJC in Mirpur on April 22.