Chief Justice to form new bench for next hearing of Panama case


ISLAMABAD  The five-member bench of Supreme Court who conducted hearing of the Panama case will be terminated after the formation of Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Chief Justice will form a new bench for the second hearing of the case. However; the judges who gave a dissenting note in the case will not be included. JIT will present its first investigative report to the new bench.

While talking to Dunya News, Justice (retd.) Zahid Hussain Bukhari said that Supreme Court’s new bench will comprise of two members and are likely to declare verdict in 60 days.

SC on Thursday while announcing the highly-anticipated reserved judgment ordered to constitute a joint investigation team in Panama Papers case. The Supreme Court issued a split ruling calling for a joint investigation team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence that will be headed by a director-general level FIA officer.

A split judgment was announced which is 3-2 among the bench. Two dissenting notes in the judgement were given by Justice Khosa and Justice Gulzar. The two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT.

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