SUKKUR: There is no corruption in the judiciary at the high court level, claimed the Sindh High Court’s chief justice, Mushir Alam, while talking to the media after a visit to the Sukkur central jail on Tuesday.
He alleged that some members of the Sindh Bar Council were trying to secure their own interests.
In response to a question about why the death penalty was not being implemented, the chief minister said the government’s attention had been drawn towards the matter, but it was choosing not to do anything because of foreign pressure.
Speaking about the backlog of pending cases, the high court’s chief justice said that regular benches will hear pending cases from August and will dispose of older ones as a priority. Talking about the lawyers’ protests during which they boycott the court’s duties, he said the judiciary was helpless in this regard. Lawyers must take cases seriously in the interest of their clients and the country, he said.
The high court’s chief justice told the media that the judiciary wanted to convert the jails into reform homes and that Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was working on this. He said that judicial orders were being issued in this regard but the government had been very slow in releasing funds. He added that no funds had been allocated for the maintenance and repair of jails and the judiciary will discuss the matter with the government for the welfare of the inmates.
Earlier, when the chief justice arrived at the central jail, its authorities stopped journalists and cameramen from covering the event.
This sparked a heated debate between the two parties. The enraged journalists started protesting against the attitude of jail authorities and the high court’s chief justice, assuring them of early justice, directed the Sukkur district and sessions judge and the registrar of Sukkur high court to probe the matter.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.
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