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Senate Body discusses bill seeking Constitutional amendment

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Published: December 21, 2016 01:33 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice discussed the proposed draft of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2016 that was moved by Senator Zaheeruddin Babar to amend the Constitution for defining complain mechanism against the judges.

In a meeting of the standing committee on Law and Justice chaired by Chairperson Mohammad Javed Abbasi on Tuesday, the officials of law ministry opposed the bill by claiming that there is already a built-in mechanism to lodge and hear complaints against judges. The officials were of the view that the procedure is defined in the Article 209 of the Constitution that specifically deals with the matters related to judges including their removal.

The legislative proposal seeks for making all complaints public, making decisions within 45 days of the complaint and provision of punishment in case of baseless and false complaints. The mover was unable to convince the government officials on the draft amendment bill. The mover himself suggested seeking opinion of all stakeholders including Bar Councils and Bar Associations before forming any decision on the bill. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah endorsed the suggestion and asked for inviting the legal fraternity in the next meeting.

The committee deferred its decision on proposed amendment until the consultation and input of the relevant stakeholders. Meanwhile, the Senate Standing Committee rejected the Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016 introduced by the Government asking for right of appeal in civil courts.

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