The government submitted another reply to petitions against the 18th amendment and raised objection on the presence of the Chief Justice in the larger bench hearing the petitions.
The government said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is directly involved in the judges' appointment, so he should not be a part of the full court bench.
The federal government also said Justice Zahid Hussain is not part of the full court bench, so the court is not a full court.
It said the 18th amendment does not affect the judiciary's independence as the three pillars of state have been given representation for judges’ appointment.
The centre asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition and impose a fine on it.