Thursday, March 20, 2014

Supreme Court Enquiry

A lot of hullabaloo was raised on 11th December 2013 on the day of retirement of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by all the TV channels about the TV coverage of the reference by only a single channel. It was pointed out that under the supreme court rules TV coverage was not allowed and also that undue favor was given to a specific channel.  All these channels also boycotted the remaining ceremonies. A Supreme Court official responded by blaming the person recording the reference of having ran away without handing over the footage to them and thus was guilty of theft. The new Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Gillani  taking note of the situation ordered holding of an enquiry by the Additional Registrar of the Supreme Court Of Pakistan. It is really surprising that more than three months have passed without any news of the result of the enquiry and even the aggrieved channels are maintaining a silence since that day. People of Pakistan has a right to know what happened on that day and expect the new Chief Justice not to follow his predecessor in keeping keep all matters relating to judiciary out of bounds without any legal justification. It is time that the old ways are replaced by transparent working and an immediate notification is issued about the result of the enquiry.

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