The Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) bill 2023 has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the Islamabad High Court.
The bill is aimed at curtailing the powers of the chief justice — including the suo motu and the formation of benches. The PTI has strongly condemned the move to pass the legislation and said it is an “attack on the judiciary”.
Advocate Mohammad Shafay Munir filed a petition in the top court and made the federal government a party in the plea. The petition stated that the bill should be declared unconstitutional and illegal.
As per the petition, the Supreme Court has the authority to make rules of the apex court. “The changes made by the parliament in the Supreme Court’s Rules are illegal,” it added.
The plea also said that legislation related to court is “malicious”, adding that the powers of the Supreme Court cannot be limited through an Act of Parliament under Article 70.
The petition has been filed in the apex court under Article 184(3).
Meanwhile, the amendments made in the bill have also been challenged in the high court by lawyer Saeed Aftab in a separate plea, who requested the court to nullify the proposed bill.
According to the petition, the basic demand was the right to appeal against the verdicts under Article 184.