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Two SC judges call for reviewing power of “one-man show” enjoyed by CJP

ISLAMABAD: Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail of the Supreme Court have called for a review of the “one-man show” authority that Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial possesses.

Two SC judges, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, published a thorough opposing note regarding the top justice’s suo motu notice of the Punjab and KP elections.

The CJP has the power to form special benches and take sou motu notice, but doing so will draw criticism and undermine public confidence in the Supreme Court, according to the opposing note.

The judges declared that it is past due for them to reconsider the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s position as a “one-man show” and that his authority needs to be limited.

They argued in their dissenting opinion that this court couldn’t rely solely on one man’s judgment. We concur with Justices Athar Minallah and Yahya Afridi’s rulings from February 23.

In their dissenting opinion, Justices Mansoor Ali Shah and Jamal Khan Mandokhail dismissed the arguments about the elections in Punjab and KPK and demanded that the LHC make its decision public within three days.

A nine-member Supreme Court (SC) larger bench that had been hearing a suo moto notice regarding the postponement of the Punjab and KP elections was earlier disbanded due to the recusals of four judges.

A five-member bench, consisting of CJP Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justices Jamal Mandokhel, Mansoor Ali Shah, Munib Akhtar, and Justice Muhammad Ali Shah, heard the case following the recusal of the four judges.

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