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Bar councils protest undue privileges to ex-CJP Chaudhry

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Saturday unanimously demanded that the government should immediately withdraw all additional privileges extended to former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The consensus on the issue was developed in a meeting of the two apex bodies of lawyers fraternity in Lahore.

The council members also expressed reservations over the ongoing appointment of judges, which they said were in direct violation of the law. The meeting also called for copies to be submitted of references registered against judges. An order was also issued that the petition registered regarding military courts should be heard and a verdict should be announced soon.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate adjourned a resolution calling for withdrawal of additional perks and privileges from CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry, after both the leader of the house and leader of opposition said the matter was sub judice.

The Senate was earlier informed that the Cabinet Division was bearing the fuel and maintenance costs of a 6,000cc bulletproof car being used by Chaudhry.

In a written reply, the Law Ministry told the House that the former chief justice was availing the facility in addition to his entitlement, ordered by the Islamabad High Court on January 15, 2014. The House was also told that since January 30, 2014, as much as 4,689 litres of petrol had been issued for the Mercedes Benz car being used by the ex-chief justice.

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