ISLAMABAD Violating the 1973 Constitution,former President and the then COAS, General Pervez Musharraf, compelled CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry to tender his resignation as Chief Justice of Pakistan when he (CJ) refused to resign, said the detailed verdict of the Supreme Court issued here on Wednesday night. The detailed verdict said that the presidential reference against the Chief Justice on March 7, 2007 was baseless and all the charges levelled against him were false and baseless. It also states that the Chief Justice was unlawfully suspended. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was suspended by the then President Pervez Musharraf on March 7, 2007, who also filed a Presidential Reference against him (CJ) on charges of misconduct. The judgment said that the Presidents order of 9th March 2007 restraining the CJP from acting as such was illegal and of no legal effect. It meant that the office of the CJP had not become vacant on the said date nor for the said reason and was unable to perform the functions of his office. Therefore, no room existed for the appointment of acting CJP under Article 180 of the Constitution, it said. It is resultantly held and declared that the appointment of Justice Javed Iqbal as the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan on 9-3-2007 was unconstitutional and of no legal effect and similar was the position of the appointment of Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who was like-wise appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan on his return from leave abroad. The judgment also revealed some shocking incidents happened with the sitting Chief Justice family and his relatives. The role of media remained very important during the turmoil in the judiciary as well as its impacts on the legal community. Furthermore, the 196-page judgment said, 'Material which was allegedly available with the President in support of the accusations against the Chief Justice, and which had then been allegedly filed in the Supreme Judicial Council to prove the alleged misconduct committed by him. Justice Ramday further wrote in the decision that an order, unanimously passed by the apex court on the said application dated July 2, 2007 which gives an insight and an indication of the kind and the wroth of the said 'Material is reproduced here-under: Malik Muhammad Qayyum when questioned initiallyby the larger bench, on an objection raised by the other side about CMA No.2073 of 2007, submitted that this entire record, filed through the said CMA, had been placed before this apex court. Besides, the same was the material which was available to the referring authority at the time of the formation of the opinion to send the reference against the CJP to the Supreme Judicial Council and that it was to meet the objection of the petitioner regarding the said reference having been sent without any application of mind and without any material being available before the said authority that the same had been done, Qayyum informed the court. Later, agreeing with the detailed judgment, Justice Ch. Ijaz Ahmed also gave a separate note and similarly agreeing with the judgment, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi also added a separate note in the detailed judgement. It was also discussed during the proceedings that the flag of Pakistan and the emblem flag was taken off from his motor car and he was informed that he had removed and Justice Javed Iqbal had taken oath as the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan. Later, he was kept under house arrest and even members of his family including his young daughters and seven-year-old son were detained at his house and so kept till after 13th March 2007, the verdict further said. The petition was heard by the 13-member larger bench headed by Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday and consisting of Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice M. Javed Buttar, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashhad, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Ch. Ijaz Ahmed, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali, Justice Hamid Ali Mirza and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. The case was heard from 15th May 2007 to 20th July 2007 and after that a short order was passed. The judgment has been authored by Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday and was signed by Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Ch. Ijaz Ahmed, Justice Ghulam Rabbani as well as three retired Judges of the SC namely Justice Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali and Justice Hamid Ali Mirza.