ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday turned down a petition challenging the appointment of newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah termed the petition as frivolous and also imposed a fine of Rs/-20000 on the petitioner Shahid Orakzai for wasting the court time. Earlier, the IHC registrar office had also raised objections over the petition saying the petitioner has no 'locus standi' in this matter.

Expressing his annoyance while hearing the petition, the IHC bench said that the post of CEC had been lying vacant since long and it has been filled in accordance with the procedure by mutual consent.

During the hearing, Justice Athar observed that the petitioner has wasted court's time that might have been used for hearing the cases of genuine litigants. The court also ruled that the petitioner is not an aggrieved party instead he was attempting to make the appointment controversial. The court dismissed the petition and ordered Orakzai to pay Rs 20,000 fine for "wasting 20 minutes of the court".

In the petition, Orakzai adopted before the IHC that no meaningful consultation was done between the government and opposition while appointing the new CEC.