IT is indeed painful to learn that the Supreme Court has itself intervened to shield Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar from public anger over the additional marks awarded to his daughter by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education last month. The way the whole business was carried out by the Federal Board authorities just to accommodate the CJ's daughter is a serious matter that cannot go unnoticed. But what is even more disturbing is the Supreme Court stopping the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Education from probing the case concerning award of extra marks to the CJ's daughter. One had hoped that the Supreme Court had taken into consideration the fact that the decision would only be a reflection on its impartiality. Rightly so, it has raised many an eyebrow with more and more voices joining the chorus in criticising the decision. While Committee Chairman Abid Sher Ali has said that the Supreme Court had no authority to stop the investigation, a number of parliamentarians have also criticized the move by the Court. But most important was the observation by Leader of the House Senator Raza Rabbani that the SC had no right to regulate Parliament's proceedings. He is right. There should be little doubt that parliamentary sovereignty is as important as the independence of the judiciary, for that matter. Like the judiciary, it is one of the most fundamental organs of state, that ought to be strengthened. The controversy, where it has pinched the politicians, has also provoked the legal fraternity to jump into the fray. Getting a fresh impetus from the debate the lawyers on Thursday organized protest rallies across the country with lawyers' leader Aitzaz Ahsan asking the Chief Justice to resign. As things stand, the whole issue is now gaining ugly proportions. It is leading to another standoff between the judiciary and the executive. The endeavour of Parliament, of standing up to protect a just cause, ought to be welcomed. Though the government is already getting a lot of flak for deliberately keeping the issue of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's restoration on the backburner, the truth is that it has grown insensitive to the calls for setting up a free judiciary. It is a pity that it is shying away from supporting the National Assembly committee on this particular issue, as Law Minister Farooq H Naek and others are vehemently opposed to any move that allows the law to take its course. That is a harsh reality indeed, but the government must not forget that this approach would only earn it the ire of the electorate.