SC not for hearing pleas seeking adjournment: CJ

 SC not for hearing pleas seeking  adjournment: CJ

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar has remarked that petitions seeking adjournment of the cases will not be heard now in the Supreme Court (SC).

He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of SC during the course of hearing of a land scandal case here Monday. The learned judges expressed their displeasure over the plea filed by one party seeking adjournment of the hearing of the case.

Justice Ejaz Afza sarcastically questioned whether the judges came to court to put off the hearing of cases. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan remarked that judges studied the files of cases till late in the night before coming to the court. But when they reached the court, they came to know that the counsel would not appear.

"If any counsel has not to appear the court should be informed in advance. Judges can focus their attention on other cases if the court is informed in advance," he said.

"Apex court is not for the purpose of hearing the petitions seeking adjournment of the cases. We also suffer from coughs, colds and flu," remarked the CJP. "The counsel should appear rather than adjourning the case for petty reasons. The court's staff has to work a lot to fix a case for hearing. Therefore, please don't file the petitions for adjournment of the cases," he observed.