Three accountability court judges hearing the cases of Rana Sanaullah as well as multiple members of the Sharif family were repatriated and directed on Friday to report to the Lahore High Court. A notice was sent by the LHC registrar to judges Masood Arshad, Mohammad Naeem Arshad, and Mushtaq Elahi.
According to the notice pursuant to a notification dated August 26 issued by the law ministry, “the honourable chief justice has been pleased to repatriate you and direct you to report to this court forthwith for further orders”. No reason has been mentioned in the order for the judges’ repatriation.
Judge Arshad had been serving the special court for control of narcotic substances and had been hearing Sanaullah’s case. On August 28, he stopped the hearing midway after learning of his repatriation.
The counsel for Rana Sanaullah, while talking to the media outside the court, had said that the development was unprecedented. “It seems like the government is trying to decide which judge they want the verdict from,” he had alleged,