CJP calls on lawyers to ensure zero tolerance for corruption

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday stressed upon the legal community to ensure transparency and zero tolerance for corruption in the judiciary.
Addressing participants of 17th Roll Signing Ceremony of newly enrolled advocates of the Supreme Court, he said a number of judicial officers had been fired whereas they were still working to purge judiciary from menace of corruption.
“We all, including chief justices of high courts, are committed to rooting out corruption from the judiciary. You people are supposed to point out the corrupt elements in the judiciary to get rid of such elements in the future; further you should also bring in notice of the bar councils the corrupt elements amongst the bars bringing a bad name for the profession,” he added.
Elaborating the role of legal community and various segments of society during movement for rule of law, supremacy of constitution and independence of the judiciary, he said it brought a revolution which was supported by all segments of the society and instilled a new spirit of trust and hope in the judiciary and enhanced trust in the legal profession.
“Now, it is our duty to show the professionalism, commitment and dedications by justifying the rule of law and catering to the legal needs of litigants in order to fulfil their expectations and to redress their grievances,” he advised the newly-enrolled advocates.
He said that being lawyers of the Supreme Court, they were supposed to fulfil the expectation with full dedication for the cause of administration of justice under the constitution.
Further, the cases should be disposed of according to the legal and Constitutional mandate, he added.
The chief justice observed that there was no difference between the bench and bar and the responsibility of both was to ensure administration of justice in accordance with the law.
“It is a legal right of a citizen to have access to justice as envisaged in the constitution. It is a duty of an advocate to assist the court and duty of a judge is to deliver a judgment. Without the cooperation and active participation of advocates, the goal of administration of justice cannot be achieved”, he added.
A total of 29 new advocates, 13 from Balochistan, 13 from Punjab, two from Sindh and one from KP have been enrolled as advocates of the Supreme Court.
The chief justice congratulated them on their enrolment as SC advocates.
The advocates who singed the roll were Ejazul Haq, Muhammad Imtiaz Khan, Syed Mehmood Abbas, Munir Ahmed Khan Kakar, Sher Muhammad Khan, Tahir Hussain Khan, Bashir Ahmed, Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah, Khalid Abbasi, Hameedullah Khan, Zubair Naseem Khawaja, Sanaullah Ababaki, Abdul Aziz Khan Khilji, Iqbal Ahmed Kasi, Muhammad Rauf Hashmi, Manzar Siddique, Sarwat Mukhtar, Rizwan Amjad Chaudhry, Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem, Abdul Hameed Chohan, Aleem Baig Chaughtai, Amjad Farooq, Nadeem Mehmood, Syed Amir Ali Shah, Muhammad Akram Gondal, Fouzia Sultana Sheikh, Munawar Iqbal Gondal, Sarfraz Khan Gondal and Afzal Ali Haider.