ISLAMABAD  :  A three member bench of the Supreme Court will begin on Monday (today) hearing petitions seeking initiation of a high treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf.  On Saturday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry rejected a request seeking formation of a full court bench minus the Chief Justice and constituted the three-member bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan to hear the case.

In addition to oral requests, an application had been moved on Friday by Ibrahim Satti, the counsel for Musharraf, for constitution of a full court bench.

The Supreme Court is seized with petitions seeking an order for the Federal government to initiate proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution read with the High Treason (Punishment) Act-1973 for having committed high treason by proclaiming state of emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007.