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SC grants another extension to memo commission

11 May, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Despite the federal government's opposition, the Supreme Court on Thursday once again granted another month to the judicial commission probing the memo scandal.

A 10-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard a plea filed by the commission, seeking more time to complete its findings in memogate, as the earlier deadline of May 12 was near lapse, and the judges could not form a larger bench on that day, thus the CJP quickly formed a 10-judge larger bench that gave four more weeks to the commission.

The apex court on December 30, 2011, had constituted a commission comprising three chief justices of high courts to probe the memo case within four weeks, but it could not complete its investigation.

During the hearing, Deputy Attorney General Dil Muhammad Ali Zai opposed the commission's appeal for more time, saying the court had already given so much time and there was no need to allow it for further proceedings.

However, other parties involved in the issue did not raise any objection to the extension. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja expressed astonishment over opposition of the DAG and asked him as to who had asked him to oppose the extension. The DAG said he was instructed by Attorney General Irfan Qadir to do so.

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