SC adjourns review petitions in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case till Tuesday

ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing of the review petitions in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case till Tuesday.

A ten-member SC larger bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Aminuddin Khan heard the review petition seeking removal of paragraphs 2 to 11 of the June 19, 2020 verdict.

On June 19, 2020, seven judges of a 10-judge bench quashed a presidential reference against Justice Isa but also ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to conduct an inquiry into the judge’s family members’ foreign assets and submit a report to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).

During the course of proceedings, Sarina Issa said that Justice Faez Issa was not named in London property records.

She said that her husband was also not involved in the transfer of funds for London properties. She said that she was not party in the case but the verdict was passed against her and the children.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial responded that her name surfaced in the inquiry in the Supreme Judicial Council, there was no doubt that she had been affected by the court decision while the case was not about illegality but about sources of income.

Sarina Isa said that she had submitted the record of London properties before the Supreme Court.

Justice Faez Isa said that the tax commissioner conducted the inquiry while the court had sought the report from the chairman FBR. The FBR submitted a sealed report to the Secretary Judicial Council, he added.

Following the order of the court, the Secretary Supreme Judicial Council submitted the FBR report to the court.

Addressing Sarina Isa, Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that she had to understand that the reference had been declared null and void by the court, all her arguments were against the reference.

Sarina Isa said she and her children were joint owners of London properties.

Justice Muneeb Akhtar said that the real issue was the sources of funds.

Justice Yahya Afridi said that according to the FBR, the value of London properties was £ 751,000. The FBR had acknowledged that she sent that amount, he added.

Sarina Isa said that the tax commissioner got the details of her foreign currency account ignoring the fact that the foreign currency account had legal protection.