The application was moved by the apex judge under order XXXIII Rule 6 of the Supreme Court rules, 1980 for early hearing of the review petition as it was pending before the apex court.
TheÂ hearing was fixed for April 13 but was adjourned with other similar review petitions, the application stated.
â€œThat the matter in issue is of great public importance on the facts and grounds contained in the Review Petition which may kindly be read as an integral part of this application which are not being reproduced for the sake of brevity, therefore requires an earlier adjudication of this matter by this Honourable Count,â€ the application prayed.
The apex judge further maintainedÂ that one of the apex members of the special bench/full court hearing the review petition, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, is due to retire on April 30. â€œFor this reason as well it is a matter of great urgency that these petitions be fixed for hearing immediately,â€ Justice Isa stated in his application.
â€œThat petitioner’s several legal and Constitutional rights are involved. The petitioner seeks indulgence of this Hon’ble Court for the early fixation of the titled Review Petition in the interest of justice,â€ the application further read.
“It is, therefore, most respectfully prayed that the titled Review Petition may kindly be fixed for hearing immediately,” Justice Isa prayed.
The application was dismissed by a majority of 6-4 judges, of a 10-judge larger bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
“For reasons to be recorded later, this Misc. application is dismissed. However, the right of the people to have access to information in matters of public importance under Article 19-A of the Constitution is recognised, the details and modalities of which are to be decided by the Full Court on the administrative side,” read the majority judgment.