LAHORE - The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought replies from two serving Islamabad High Court judges and a lawyers charging fee for Employees Old Age Benefit (EOBI) without the approval of the federal law ministry.

A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case at the Supreme Court Lahore registry. Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan were the other members of the bench.

“Where is Babar Sattar?” the CJP asked as the proceedings commenced. A young lawyer appeared and said that he was appearing on behalf Babar Sattar and said that he was out of country. The CJP expressed dismay over non-appearance of Babar Sattar. The lawyer said that the reply, however, had been submitted on his behalf. Barrister Ch Aitzaz Ahsan appeared and said that he was engaged in three cases but the CJP asked him whether the reply had been submitted. He said the reply had not been submitted so far. The CJP directed him to submit reply.  During the proceedings, the CJP asked whether the two judges were asked for their replies and sought replies of both judges including IHC Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani through the high court registrar.  Previously, the court issued notices to two serving Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges for charging fee for Employees Old Age Benefit (EOBI) without the authorisation of the federal law ministry. In another case about terminally-ill prisoners, the Supreme Court directed all the provincial jail authorities for medical examination of the ill prisoners through their boards, and release them if they are found terminally-ill.  The representatives of all four provinces submitted their reports before the Supreme Court. According to Punjab, there had been 30 terminally ill prisoners.  18 prisoners in Sindh while 15 in Baluchistan while the KPK submitted a written report.  “What is benefit of keeping in jails terminally ill prisoners?” the CJP asked the law officers.