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Justice Faez case: SC seeks trail of govt letters

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday observed that there should be a complete trail of letters written by the government with regard to probe into foreign assets of Justice Qazi Faez Isa s spouse and children as links seem missing in the reference filed by the President against him.The apex court was told on Monday that the Presidential Reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa was based on illegality hence any superstructure built on illegality must fall on the ground.A ten-member full court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed hearing into the identical petitions, challenging the Presidential Reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa for allegedly not disclosing his foreign properties in his wealth returns.Other members of the bench are Justice Maqbool Baqir, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Muhammad Qazi Amin Ahmed.Continuing his arguments, Munir A Malik, counsel for Justice Qazi Faez Isa submitted before the court that in relation to the formation of opinion, the President is required to apply his mind when material for filing a reference was collected in accordance with law and by the competent authority.The President cannot form an opinion for filing a reference if the material was collected in illegal manner , Munir A Malik contended.

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