ISLAMABAD Ostensibly, Presidency has been feeding the media with half truths about the receipt of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry's summary to fill the vacancy in the event of Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramdays retirement. This transpired during efforts by this scribe to check the facts about the highly critical issue apparently being mishandled at the apex level and ended up with conflicting versions. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told this scribe the other day that President had not received the CJs summary before leaving Islamabad for his Punjab tour. It might have arrived in the Presidency while we are away; I cant say anything about that, he added. When asked by this scribe on Tuesday, Registrar SC Dr Faqir Hussain said, "I do not agree with excuses presented by the Presidential spokesman." How could affairs of the state come to standstill when the head of the state is away from the Presidency, he rather questioned. According to the Registrar, the summary proposal of the CJP recommending name of Justice Saqib Nisar for appointment as judge of the Supreme Court was sent not less than three weeks back. I understand that it goes through the Law Ministry to the Presidency; still it should not be stuck up anywhere since it is from none else but the CJP, he said. Normally, we do not do so, but the Supreme Court has also sent a reminder on the same case - that too some ten days back from now, he said. When asked whether the SC had sent more than one reminder, he said, Chief Justice should not be made to write even one reminder letter and you are asking about more than one. Earlier, well-placed sources told TheNation that the government as well as the Presidency was trying to confuse the issue of appointing the judge recommended by the CJ. Since a majority of jurists and constitutional experts have held the CJs recommendations, as binding on the President, the Presidency was deliberately disseminating ambiguity, the sources said. That is why, perhaps, the analysts were foreseeing the PPP regime heading towards confrontation with the apex judiciary, especially, in the backdrop of Supreme Courts December 16 verdict against the notorious National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).