Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has reconstituted a three judge bench, which was trying the case of Geo.
The apex court has reconstituted the bench hearing Geo license suspension case. Justice Ijaz Afzal will head the newly constituted bench, while Justice Ijaz Chaudhry and Justice Mushir Alam will be other two members of the bench.
The earlier bench was headed by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja. Justice Khawaja had refused to recuse himself from the case, after it was pointed out that a close relative was married into the family that owns the Geo enterprise and continued to sit on the three member bench.
The management of Geo and the proprietors of the TV channel had filed petitions in the Supreme Court over the cases registered against Geo and other publications.
Justice Khawaja accepted the objection that the owner of Geo was his relative, simply declined to recuse himself from the event.
The issue, however, raised questions about the transparency of the hearing and justice in the case.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan has now determined to reconstitute the bench headed by Justice Ijaz Afzal to hear the lawsuit