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Chief Justice Bandial Urges Authorities To Trace Location Of ‘Indibell’ Twitter Account

The Twitter account of hacker “Indibell,” whose operator(s) posted audio recordings of alleged telephone conversations involving senior jurists has been identified, and the Chief Justice, Umar Ata Bandial, instructed the competent officials to locate it.

The Pakistani Chief Justice ordered Mansoor Usman Awan, the country’s attorney general, to investigate Indibell’s Twitter account to see whether it is being used from inside or outside Pakistan. The senior judge made his remarks as the supreme court was considering several petitions filed in opposition to the establishment of a strong judicial committee tasked with looking into the various judge audio leaks. 

Abid Shahid Zuberi, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Muqtedir Akhtar Shabbir, Secretary of the SCBA, Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and Riaz Hanif Rahi, an attorney, submitted four distinct petitions, which were all heard by the SC court. In every petition, it was asked that the supreme court rule that the commission’s establishment was unlawful. It is important to remember that the same bench temporarily halted the commission’s operations and stopped the notification that established it on May 28 during the petition hearing. The first part of AGP Usman’s opening remarks at the hearing focused on the “conflict of interest” that the judges who would be hearing the petition might have. 

In response to the “allegation,” the CJP stated that the supreme court is in a constitutional position with its authority. “A judge cannot be made a party to a contempt petition,” he remarked, adding that a chief justice cannot be requested to resign from the bench due to charges. He stated, “The authority of the chief justice or judge cannot be lowered as required.

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