Top court returns petition challenging politicians’ lifetime illegibility

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday refused to entertain a petition challenging the lifetime disqualification of lawmakers under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

The SC registrar returned the petition filed by Su-preme Court Bar Association (SC BA) President Ahsan Bhoon by raising objections.

The registrar stated that a larger bench of the top court has already settled the matter and a petition seeking review of the verdict given by the bench has also be dismissed.

Once the SC hands down a verdict in a matter, a new petition cannot be filed against it, the SC regis-trar said.

Bhoon stated in the petition that the top court couldn’t assume responsibilities of a trial court un-der Article 184 (3) of the Constitution. This article doesn’t give right to appeal against a court verdict, which negates the principle of even-handed justice, he added.

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