SC refers Justice Isa's case to FBR to probe family properties



The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday concluded its proceedings on Justice Qazi Faez Isa, his wife Sarina Isa and superior bars review petitions against the June 19 order wherein the matter was referred to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to probe properties of Justice Isa's family members.

After the proceedings concluded, Presiding Judge Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the bench will inform whether the court was announcing its judgment today or on April 27 (tomorrow).

A short order is expected to be released today.

On April 23, it was reported that SC Judge Umar Ata Bandial asked the federal government’s counsel to answer the questions that he had earlier posed to the petitioner judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, regarding his alleged nexus with family member’s foreign properties.

As head of a 10-judge bench hearing a slew of petitions against the SC’s June 19, 2020 order, Justice Bandial asked Justice Isa to explain if he had any link with his wife Sarina Isa’s bank accounts and transfer of money through them after his appointment as the Balochistan High Court chief justice.

In response to his queries, Justice Isa submitted a written statement in which he refused to answer these queries.

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Justice Isa said since Sarina and he had given no credence to FBR official Zulfiqar Ahmad's order and the report of the FBR chairman with regard to his family’s properties, Justice Bandial should not have raised these questions.

In its split order, the SC on June 19, 2020, quashed a presidential reference that sought Justice Isa’s removal over his failure to disclose his family members’ foreign properties in his wealth statement.

However, seven of the judges had referred the matter to the FBR for an inquiry. The FBR has already submitted its report to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), the constitutional forum that can hold superior court judges accountable.

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