ISLAMABAD -  Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Thursday recused himself from hearing a case related to the provision of a bulletproof vehicle to former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.

The IHC single bench headed by Justice Siddiqui took up the case and directed the counsel for the former chief justice to argue the main petition.

At this, the counsel said that he would give his arguments on the matter at the next hearing.

Later, Justice Siddiqui excused to hear further arguments and sent the matter to IHC Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi to constitute the new bench.

The former chief justice had challenged the decision of the IHC division bench through an intra-court appeal (ICA) after it suspended the verdict of the single bench, which had ordered for provision of the bulletproof vehicle to the former chief justice. 

Earlier, a division bench of the IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Aamer Farooq had allowed the ICA of the federal government against a January 15, 2014 order of the IHC single bench regarding the provision of the bulletproof vehicle to Chaudhry.

The IHC division bench had directed the single bench to decide the matter after hearing both sides.

On January 15, 2014, the IHC single member bench headed by Siddiqui directed the federal government to provide the bulletproof vehicle to the former CJP. The federal government in its ICA had adopted before the IHC that the single bench issued the order without hearing them.

Sheikh Ahsanuddin advocate who is focal person for the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party headed by Chaudhry and on whose petition the IHC single member bench had ordered provision of vehicle to Justice Chaudhry had been arguing in the matter that the ministry of interior itself through a letter had informed the former CJP regarding security threats to his life.

On January 15, 2014, Justice Siddiqui had directed the federal government to provide security to the former CJP at par with the former prime ministers after he was informed by a joint secretary cabinet division Ziaul Haq that the federal government has provided bulletproof cars to three former premiers Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf.