ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani Thursday took notice of exclusive footage of the Full Court Reference proceedings by a private TV channel and ordered SC additional registrar to hold an inquiry into the matter.
The new CJP took notice on a note of SC registrar stating that it was widely reported in the electronic and print media that a certain media group was given access to the Court Room No. 1 to have an exclusive footage of the proceedings of Full Court Reference on 11-12-2013.
It is alleged that the Supreme Court administration had been discriminatory in its treatment of journalists by favouring one media group as against others. In protest, the journalists covering the events at the Supreme Court announced a boycott of the subsequent functions at the court.
The chief justice noted: “The report portrays a somewhat negative perspective of Supreme Court even though it strictly follows the policy of absolute neutrality and impartiality.”
On Wednesday, during the Full Court Reference held in honour of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Courtroom No.1, a television camera was spotted in the gallery of the room. Television cameras are usually not allowed inside a courtroom, but the SC administration allowed camera to record the entire event. After the reference, journalists including the print media representatives rushed to the ceremonial hall of the apex court to have a chat with the chief justice, judges and members of the bar.
In the meanwhile, a reporter of a TV channel managed to get the television feed and aired the same through the DSNG van parked in the parking lot of the Supreme Court. This infuriated reporters of other TV channels who accused the court administration of favouritism and discrimination against them. Even personal secretary to the ex-CJP failed to dampen the tempers despite assurance that the Supreme Court registrar has ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter.