SC prevents
PHC from hearing WWB’s plea seeking larger bench
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday restrained bench number one of Peshawar High Court (PHC) from hearing a plea of Workers Welfare Board (WWB) seeking constitution of a larger bench.
A three-member special bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case.
During the course of proceedings, the chief justice said the high court could not hold a hearing until a decision was made on the appeals pending in the apex court. The court also directed to fix all appeals pending in the SC.
The chief justice said the high court would take decisions based on the principles laid down by the SC. Apparently the PHC’s bench one overlooked the SC rulings, he added.
The attorney general said appeals were pending in the SC against the high court decisions.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said the high court was authorized to announce decisions keeping in view the recent decisions of the SC under Article 189 of the Constitution.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said the court had also issued notice to the Peshawar High Court registrar at the previous hearing.
He said the registrar had submitted an unsatisfactory response. He said the court was not satisfied with the reply of the PHC registrar.
He said when such arguments were made before the apex court regarding the high court, it was necessary to review them. - APP