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Govt raises objection over SC bench hearing audio leaks commission case

ISLAMABAD: Federal government has raised objections over the Supreme Court (SC) bench hearing audio leaks commission case.

A five members bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial is hearing the case.

The federal government through its miscellaneous petition has prayed the court to constitute new bench to hear the petitions against audio leaks commission.

The plea has been taken in the petition CJP Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar should recuse themselves from hearing this case.

The objection raised by Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) during the hearing of the matter on May 26 was not taken seriously. One audio before the inquiry commission relates to the mother in law of the CJP. According to courts decisions and judges code of conduct a Judge can not hear the case related to his relative.

In the past former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry had recused him from bench due to objection in Arsalan Iftikhar case. The alleged audio leaks relate to Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar too.

Through the petition it has been prayed that new bench be constituted to hear the case.