ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council has set aside government’s complaint of misconduct against Justice Qazi Faez Isa over writing letters to President Dr Arif Alvi over proceedings against him for allegedly not disclosing foreign properties in his wealth statement.
“The father-in-law and daughter of Faez Isa were ill at the time when the reference was filed against him and he wrote a letter to the president in a personal capacity,” SJC observed.
A show-cause notice was issued to the Supreme Court judge on July 18 for writing letters after a presidential reference was filed against him.
The SJC had asked Justice Isa to explain his conduct for writing letters to the president of Pakistan.
“The record shows that at the relevant time the respondent-Judge was also under some stress because of the medical condition of his father-in-law and the daughter which stress might have aggravated his sense of harassment and might have contributed towards outrunning of his discretion,” reads a written order issued by the SJC on Monday.
“In this view of the matter, the alleged impropriety in the private letters written by the respondent-Judge to the President has not been found by us to be serious or grave enough to constitute misconduct sufficient for his removal from the exalted office of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”