SC moved to stop CEC from working
07 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: A petition has been moved in the Supreme Court for restraining Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim from performing his duties.
The petitioner, Shahid Orakzai, has filed a petition in the apex court under Article 184(3) of the constitution and alleged that Ebrahim had "swindled" no less than nine judges of the apex court to let his client Nawaz Sharif take political advantage of the memo case. Raising three questions of law in his petition, he requested the chief justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the Supreme Court as the acting chief election commissioner.
The petition points out that as senior advocate Ebrahim had "belied" the court "chiefly to give a political advantage to a political party" and later quietly withdrew from the case. He "can tell a lie for the rich and speak the truth against the poor", the petition stated. It contended that the chief election commissioner was duty-bound to disqualify any person for giving false evidence, but how could a person "who himself cheated/swindled the apex court disqualify a liar".
Petitioner Orakzai alleged that the withdrawal of Sr ASC was "double cheating", as he had "intelligently pulled the curtain on his false pretense of being unwell on the day the apex court heard the PML-N president in person". Orakzai claims that, in fact, Ebrahim had secretly agreed with his client to let him "exploit the audience for political tirade against federation".
The petitioner said that the Sr ASC was not a "habitual liar and may seem to be stating the fact, or speaking the truth, in cases of ordinary litigants" but he can do just the opposite for an "influential client or a person with a financial promise".