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Naqvi responds to SJC’s show cause notice

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Supreme Court Judge Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi has submitted a detailed reply to the second show cause notice from the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), reiterating his assertion that the misconduct allegations leveled against him are baseless.

Sources indicate that the SC judge has also argued that the SJC proceedings are now unjustified since the SC has already addressed his plea against these proceedings. The council is scheduled to resume hearing the complaints filed against the judge on January 11.

Last year, on October 27, the SJC issued its first show cause notice to Justice Naqvi following numerous complaints accusing the judge of manipulating benches and engaging in financial corruption.

The council, vested with the authority to hold superior court judges accountable, issued its second show cause notice to the judge on November 23, directing him to present his defense within a fortnight.

Meanwhile, the SC judge challenged the SJC proceedings in the apex court. On December 14, the SJC approved Justice Naqvi’s request for an open hearing on the petitions. Additionally, the accountability body asked the judge to submit his reply to the second show cause notice by January 1.

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