Judge Isa is not named in London property registers, SC said

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) was informed on Monday that Judge Qazi Faez Isa is not named in London property records.

A larger ten-member SC bench comprising Judge Umar Ata Bandial, Judge Maqbool Baqar, Judge Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Judge Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Judge Sajjad Ali Shah, Judge Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Judge Munib Akhtar, Judge Yahya Afridi, Judge Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed and Judge Aminuddin Khan heard the petition for review requesting the deletion of paragraphs 2 to 11 of the verdict of June 19, 2020.

On June 19, 2020, seven judges from a bench of 10 overturned a presidential reference against Judge Isa, but also ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to investigate the foreign assets of the family members of the judge and submit a report to the Supreme Judicial Council (CSJ).

During the proceedings, Sarina Isa said Judge Isa was not named in the London property records.

She said her husband was also not involved in the transfer of funds for London properties. She added that she was not a party to the case but that the verdict had been reached against her and the children.

Judge Umar Ata Bandial replied that her name had surfaced in the SJC investigation, there was no doubt that she had been affected by the court ruling as the case was not about illegality but about sources of income.

Sarina said she took the London properties case to the Supreme Court.
Judge Isa said the tax commissioner conducted the investigation after the court requested the report from the chairman of the RBF. The RBF submitted a sealed report to the SJC, he added.

Following the court order, the secretary of the SJC submitted the FBR report to the court.
Speaking to Sarina Isa, Judge Bandial said she should understand that the referral was declared null and void by the court, as all of her arguments were against the referral.

Sarina said she and her children co-own properties in London.
Judge Akhtar said the real problem was the sources of funding.

Judge Afridi said that according to the FBR, the value of the London properties was 751,000 pounds. The RBF had acknowledged that it had sent this amount, he added.

Sarina said the tax commissioner obtained the details of her foreign currency account while ignoring the fact that the foreign currency account had legal protection.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case to Tuesday.

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