Islamabad: Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhry, reinstated by the Supreme Court after his over two-month suspension, has restored the apex court’s Registrar, who was also removed following the Presidential reference against him, in his first order after resuming duties.
Soon after the Supreme Court ruling on 20 July, Justice Chaudhry resumed his duties and transferred the present Registrar of the Supreme Court, Muhammad Ali. He replaced Ali with Faqir Hussain, who was removed after Chaudhry’s suspension on 9 March.
Another Registrar Hamad Raza, who was also close to Chaudhry, was killed in mysterious circumstances after the judge’s suspension. While Raza’s death was termed as a targeted killing by his family, police said he was murdered by dacoits.
Lawyers close to Chaudhry said he would formally start going to office from 23 July, which would also be observed as the ‘Thanks Giving Day´ by the lawyers’ organisations all over the country for his reinstatement.
Justice Rana Bhagwan Das, who headed the apex court during Chaudhry’s suspension period, met the Chief Justice at his residence and congratulated him on his reinstatement.
Justice Das, the only Hindu judge to have risen to the post of the Acting Chief Justice in Pakistan, discussed with Chaudhry matters of mutual interest, media reports here said.
Justice Das’ deft management of crisis and quick decisions to constitute benches to handle Chaudhry’s case won praise from the lawyers’ community.