SC cannot intervene in high courts’ affairs, says CJP


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has clarified that the Supreme Court cannot interfere in the matters of a high court; however, the top court can consider involvement in the matters of lower courts.

A three-member bench, chaired by Justice Khosa, heard a petition of Waris Masih.

The petitioner counsel requested the top court to order the high court to extend the time for the payment of the amount for guarantee.

On the defence’s arguments, the top judge remarked the Supreme Court in its 70-year history has never interfered in the matter of the high court, while it could consider interfering in the matters of the lower courts over happening of the extreme injustice.

The top judge further said that the case is under trial in a high court and the Supreme Court cannot order in an under-trial case, adding that the high court has extended period for the payment thrice but the payment was not made.

Later, the court disposed of Waris Masih’s petition against the decision of the high court for the recovery of Rs 1.5 million and ordered the petitioner to pay the sum.