Writ Petition sought bar on retired judges’ practice of law as lawyers

A writ petition was filed by a Supreme Court lawyer who sought a bar on the retired High Court and Supreme Court judges from practicing law in the higher courts.

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A writ petition was filed by a Supreme Court lawyer who sought a bar on the retired High Court and Supreme Court judges from practicing law in the higher courts. The petitioner Mr. Eunus Ali Akond argued that the 15th amendment of the Constitution restored the 1972 version of the Constitution which barred the retired High Court and Supreme Court judges from legal practice in the higher courts.

However, the 15th amendment itself with the section 33 exempted such provision and allowed judges to practice law after their retirement. The petitioner took the stand that this is conflicting to the 1972 Constitution and defeats the core aim of the 15th amendment to restore the 1972 Constitution, and thus should be scrapped.

The Attorney General earlier opined that it is unethical for the judges to practice law against the government while they are enjoying government benefits. The petition is being listed for hearing in the next week.