Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi resigned from the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday due to complaints of misconduct and circumstances that were a matter of public knowledge. In his resignation letter to President Dr Arif Alvi, Justice Naqvi stated that he could no longer continue as a judge. The resignation came after the SC rejected his request to stay proceedings against him in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) over alleged misconduct.
After references were filed before the SJC against Justice Naqvi, he received a show-cause notice in connection with 10 complaints lodged against him. However, he contested the proceedings and challenged the show-cause notice.
The SJC had given him a deadline to respond to the allegations of misconduct, which he detailed as “absolutely and maliciously false” in his response. The SJC rejected his request to stay proceedings, and fellow judge Justice Ahsan expressed disagreement with the manner in which the proceedings were conducted.
The resignation has sparked debate and discussions about its impact on the Supreme Court as an institution, and some critics have called for scrutiny of the assets of judges and their heirs.
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