ISLAMABAD: Secretary of Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed's portfolio was changed on Friday, Express News reported.
His post was changed to the deputy director of the Human Rights Cell. Hameed was also the Staff Officer of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
He is blamed for giving exclusive video coverage of the full-court reference in honour of outgoing chief justice Chaudhry to only one private TV channel.
After assuming charge as the top judge on December 12, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had taken suo motu notice of the Supreme Court administration allowing the exclusive coverage. This notice came a day after he had questioned the suo motu jurisdiction in his speech at the full court reference.
The additional registrar of the apex court will be heading the inquiry into this matter.
Journalists, politicians and lawyers had decried ‘discrimination’ by the Supreme Court on December 11 after the court staff gave the video coverage. The ‘discrimination’ had led to calls from all news channels – save for the one favoured by the top court staff – for appropriate action against those responsible for ‘violating the fundamental rights of journalists’.
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