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Justice Siddiqui excuses from hearing plea against removal of Zaka

Justice Siddiqui excuses from hearing plea against removal of Zaka

jdgISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has refused to hear a plea against removal of Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf and the appointment of Najam Aziz Sethi as Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board here on Wednesday.

According to details, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi heard the plea against the sacking of Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman, suspension of board and appointment of Najam Sethi as PCB chief.

During the course of proceedings, the judge excused from hearing the case, saying that the decision of removing Zaka Ashraf was taken by the same court. Therefore, the matter is being forwarded to Chief Justice. He said that the earlier experience of hearing the case remained not good for him, adding that he had given judgment regarding the removal of Zaka Ashraf but the two member bench set aside his verdict.

The plea was filed by advocate Abdur Razaq on behalf of Multan Cricket Board member Ahmed Nawaz.

The petition stated the appointment of Najam Sethi and suspension of cricket board as illegal and unconstitutional step. The petitioner stated in the plea that Zaka Asharf should be restored till the election of the new chairman PCB.

Justice while refusing to the hear the case has referred the matter to Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi for fixing the matter before some other bench.

It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief patron of PCB, dismissed the country’s cricket board on Monday and appointed an ad-hoc committee to run the sport, replacing the Zaka Ashraf-led Governing Board.

Earlier justice Siddiqu had removed Zaka Ashraf from the post of chairman PCB and later on two member bench of the IHC headed by Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan had restored Zaka Ashraf while hearing intra-court appeal.

Later on the ministry of inter-provincial coordination had challenged the IHC decision in Supreme Court. Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Khan heard the case and had asked the government whether the government will use its powers for removing Ashraf or court should decide the matter. On this government had withdrawn the plea from the Supreme Court.

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