ISLAMABAD A three-member bench of Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry summoned Sindh Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and IGP on December 2 (Wednesday) in a petition filed by the management of MCB against the alleged illegal activities by some ex-employees and miscreants. The other two members of the bench include Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan and Justice Tariq Pervez. Admitting MCBs petition, the bench observed that after hearing the counsel and going through the contents of the petition the court is of the opinion that there is substance in the arguments of the MCB counsel. The court order said that the Supreme Court was to protect the fundamental rights of the public at large according to its constitutional jurisdiction conferred under article 184(3) of the Constitution. The court while accepting the contentions of the MCB counsel accepted that there was serious violation of rights of the bank administration as well as the general public, whose accounts were being maintained in the bank, on account of high handedness being caused by the ex-employees. The court directed that pending decision of the petition, the Provincial Administration should provide all protection necessary, under the law, so MCB might function peacefully and carry out its routine business and thus protect the rights of the customers. The apex court directed that there should be no violation of their rights henceforth. The replies of respondents (Federation of Pakistan & others) should be categorical with respect to the incidents which have taken place time-to-time in MCB and the steps taken by them to implement the orders of different forums, the SC further ordered. It is pertinent to mention here that the petition was moved by MCB management through Khalid Anwar, Senior Advocate and Mohammad Raza Farooq. The petition was heard on Tuesday by the court. The petitioners maintained that some miscreants including an ex-employee of the Bank Saeed Ghani have been disrupting the banks business activities in Karachi at the behest of and on the basis of support from some vested interests. The court also took strict notice of the fact that financial institutions which comprised one of the performing sectors of the country, should not be subject to such activities. It directed the Sindh government to ensure that the respondents did not cause any harassment to employees or customers of the bank and/or create disturbance in the normal working and business environment of the bank. The next hearing is on December 2, 2009.