ISLAMABAD -  The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed concern over stay orders granted by the Sindh High Court in various cases.

“The SHC is granting stay after stay,” the chief justice said, and added that people engaged reputed lawyers and get stay orders, and in tax and other matters the cases remained pending in the court for years.

He said; “Sitting here [Islamabad] we know everything.”

“They [SHC] have suspended the statute,” he said.

The chief justice said let the system work and let the people get justice.

He said those who do not like to work in high court then they should better get pension and go home.

A three-judge bench was hearing petition against the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

The court noted that the drug law was being revamped.

He asked the DRAP CEO to work on war footing and take professionals on board.

“I want medicines should be available to the poor at low price,” he said.

The court summoned the files related to the DRAP cases against whom the stay order was given.

The chief justice said they would examine them.

The DRAP CEO is directed to provide the list of cases pending against it in the Sindh High Court.

Makhdoom Ali Khan advocate, representing some medicine companies, argued that the court would have to see whether the Supreme Court can transfer the cases.

The chief justice said they could at least examine the merits of the orders passed by the high court.

He said they would request the chief justice of the SHC to depute two judges who would look at all the pending cases.

I need results in two weeks, he said.

The court issued notices to all the petitioners, and said the lawyers’ adjournment in this case would not acceptable.

Meanwhile, the court banned the entry of Shahid Orakzai in all the registries of the Supreme Court for filing false petitions as well as insulting the judges of the superior courts.

Orakzai had challenged the elevation of former chief justice of Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah to the Supreme Court.

The chief justice observed that they would not allow persons filing false petitions for insulting judges of the superior courts.

 

 

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