Sindh’s lawyers are outraged at the female judge who exposed the Malir court scandal

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Sindh's lawyers are outraged at the female judge who exposed the Malir court scandal
Sindh's lawyers are outraged at the female judge who exposed the Malir court scandal

Lawyers from Sindh’s four most influential groups have taken on a judge after she uncovered a scheme in which water from a Karachi court’s RO filter facility was illegally sold for profit.
Sadaf Khokhar, a District and Sessions Judge of Karachi’s Malir court, presided over the case. Last Thursday, May 11, she posted a notice at the court’s RO filter plant stating that it was illegal to sell its water.
The Malir Bar Association requested authorization to establish a RO plant in 2021 due to a lack of safe drinking water for those who visit this court. When supervisory officer and senior civil judge Khurram Amin Khan paid an unexpected visit to the RO facility last week, he discovered that a guy named Hajan Ali was selling full bottles of water from it. Hajan Ali informed the civil judge that he had entered into a deal to sell the water with the current elected body of the Malir Bar Association. At the plant, the civil judge discovered packing material and bottles. The civil judge relayed this information to Khokhar, who forwarded it up the system.

distilled water is being sold commercially,” Khokhar wrote to the Registrar of the Sindh High Court on May 13. She notified the registrar that she had placed restrictions on the commercial sale of water. “The RO plant was donated and is being maintained at the expense of the court/public exchequer (electricity, for example)

Her notice elicited an immediate response. The next day, Friday, May 12, the District Bar Association launched a strike. They called an emergency general body meeting to protest her “behavior” and “forcibly putting [a] notice on our RO plant through judicial officers in order to harass and humiliate the Malir Bar lawyers and stop drinking water service.

Lawyers from the Sindh High Court, city courts, Malir courts, the Sindh Bar Council, the Sindh High Court Bar, the Karachi Bar and the Malir Bar organizations went on strike across Sindh on Friday.
Saleem Mangrio, president of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, and Amir Waraich, general secretary, filed a plea to discharge the benches. According to Amir Saleem, president of the Karachi Bar Association, Khokhar had “made life difficult” for the judges and lawyers, and she refused to cooperate with the Malir Bar Association.
The Malir bar lawyers had stated that her behavior was illegal and that they would go on strike until Monday, May 15. Following that, the case was transferred to various courts, with the Sindh Bar Council referring it to the Chief Justice by May 18.

Sindh Bar Council, Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi Bar Association, and Malir Bar Association met with Chief Justice Ahmad Ali M Shaikh to discuss the judge’s “behavior.” They claimed that the chief justice did not pay attention and declared unequivocally that the judge would not be reassigned or sent on leave.

As a result, legal work has come to a halt, with people and lawyers being barred from entering courts. For fear of being beaten, court reporters were hesitant to file accounts of these occurrences after the strike ended. Most reports stated that the lawyers were on strike because her “rawaiya” was unacceptable to them. Nobody said what part of her attitude had provoked this fury.
Lawyers were reluctant to talk on the record for fear of enraging the bar organizations. District and Sessions Judge Sadaf Khokhar was verbally abused, and her character was questioned.
The strike was still in effect as of Monday, May 22. The lawyers want her moved out.

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