SJC Finds Ex-Judge Guilty of Misconduct, Despite Resignation
SJC Finds Ex-Judge Guilty of Misconduct, Despite Resignation

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) finds retired Judge Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi guilty of misconduct, recommending his removal from office. However, Naqvi had already resigned in January, rendering the recommendation moot.

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In a recent press release, the SJC disclosed its decision following discussions on February 29, where allegations against Naqvi were deliberated upon, resulting in the recommendation under Article 209 (6) of the Constitution.

The proceedings against Naqvi began last year when references were filed after his name was linked to an alleged audio leak. Despite Naqvi’s preliminary objections and challenges to the SJC’s jurisdiction, he submitted detailed responses to the show-cause notices.

Justice Ahsan, a member of the SJC, expressed regret over the rushed proceedings, stating they lacked proper debate and discussion, casting doubt on the process. He disagreed with the manner in which proceedings were conducted and the merit of the allegations against Naqvi.

Although the SJC’s recommendation holds significance, Naqvi’s resignation earlier in the year renders the outcome inconsequential. The sequence of events underscores the complexities and challenges within the judiciary’s disciplinary processes.

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