Isa questions provisions of ‘special bench’ constitution


Supreme Court senior puisne judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Wednesday raised a question on the constitution of special benches by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Earlier, CJP Umar Ata Bandial had formed a three-judge special bench, led by Justice Isa, to hear a suo motu case related to examining the grant of 20 additional marks to a Hafiz-e-Quran student while admitting them for an MBBS/BDS degree. Other members of the bench are Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Shahid Waheed. The suo motu was numbered last year and the bench was to see if it fell in line with the MBBS and BDS (Admission, House Job and Internship) Regulations 2018. It may be noted also that this was the first time the CJP had included Justice Isa in a special bench hearing a suo motu case.