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12:00 AM, May 20, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 20, 2008

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Hearing on govt leave to appeal today

The Supreme Court (SC) is likely to hear today the government's leave to appeal against High Court (HC) order staying operation of the Supreme Judicial Commission.
Dr Shahdeen Malik, a lawyer concerned, yesterday said the case has been enlisted as third item for hearing in today's cause list of the Appellate Division.
The president promulgated an ordinance titled 'Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008' in March this year for constituting the commission as part of government measures to do away with the politicisation of the appointment of SC and HC judges.
Advocate Idrisur Rahman, a SC lawyer, on April 28 filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the validity of the ordinance.
An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Farid Ahmed stayed for three months the functioning of the commission.
It also issued a rule on the government and the SC registrar to explain within three weeks why the ordinance shall not be declared unconstitutional.
The government filed an application with the SC for staying the HC order on May 12 last.
The same day, Chamber Judge of the SC Justice MA Matin referred the matter for full bench hearing by the apex court, and asked the government to file a regular leave to appeal petition with it by May 15.

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