Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children have raised objections to the Supreme Court’s decision to form a three-member bench to hear the Sharif family’s review petitions against its July verdict in the Panama Papers case.
On Friday, the SC had decided that a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will hear the review petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and his children on September 12.
However, on Saturday, the Sharif family submitted an application in the apex court through their lawyer raising objections over the listing of the review petition case before the three-judge bench and requesting for a postponement in the September 12 hearing.
A senior legal team member told media that when a larger bench of five judges announced the verdict, which ousted Nawaz on July 28, then the review petition should also be fixed before the same bench.
He said the Sharif family is arguing that since the five-member bench’s order was the final one, their review petition should be heard by a five-member too, instead of three judges.
“In terms of the legal and constitutional dispensation of the State of Pakistan, a learned bench of lesser strength cannot upset or preempt the decision of a larger bench of this august court,” the application added.
The Sharif family had submitted separate review petitions against the verdict which led to Nawaz’s ouster from the premiership and the National Accountability Bureau filing references against him, his two sons, daughter and son-in-law.