Senate chairman ballot, IHC reserves verdict on Gillani’s petition
The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) reserved on Wednesday a verdict on former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani’s petition difficult the election of the Senate chairman.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah took up the petition. After a preliminary listening to, the court docket reserved its judgement on the maintainability of the petition, which is prone to be introduced shortly.
Throughout the listening to, the highest IHC decide prompt that the petitioner may ship a reference to the Nationwide Meeting speaker beneath Article 63 to have his grievance redressed.
“Has the Senate chairman ever been faraway from the submit prior to now?” Justice Minallah requested Farooq H Naek, who represented Gillani. “What’s the process for removing of the Senate chairman?” he additional requested.
The decide noticed that the court docket abstains from unnecessarily intervening within the matter. “You possibly can take the matter to a Senate committee,” he prompt. At this, the counsel mentioned no committee has powers to dislodge the Senate chairman.
Senator Gillani moved the petition by way of his counsel Farooq H Naek requesting the excessive court docket to declare the results of the election of Senate chairman held on March 12 “unlawful, illegal and void”.
He additional demanded that the IHC declare the rejection of seven votes polled in favour of the petitioner unlawful and droop the notification dated March 13 relating to the re-election of Sadiq Sanjrani as Senate chairman and restrain him from finishing up his duties on this capability till this petition is set.
Gillani alleged in his petition that the federal government tried to affect the results of the election to the seat of Senate chairman to win it by hook or criminal.
“Throughout the technique of counting of votes the Presiding Officer (Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah) arbitrarily rejected 7 of the votes (the rejected votes) solid within the petitioner’s favour on the bottom that stamp is affixed on the identify of the petitioner regardless of protest of the petitioner’s polling agent Senator Farooq H. Naek that the stamp had been mounted inside the field containing the identify of the petitionern,” he contended.
“The votes rejected by the presiding officer clearly evince the voter’s intent to vote for the petitioner and nobody else,” the petitioner argued. Furthermore, he added, these are in compliance with the discover affixed close to the polling sales space in addition to the understanding conveyed by the Senate secretary.