ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court judge Manzoor Ahmad Malik has recused to be part of bench that is hearing a petition filed by the PML-N candidate from NA-66 challanging the decision of an election tribunal (ET)

PML-N’s Chaudhry Hamid Hameed, who had won from NA-66 constituency but de-seated by the ET after PTI’s Abdullah Mumtaz challenged his victory contending that Hameed concealed facts while declaring his assets.

When SC three-member bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh took up the appeal filed by Hameed against the ET decision for hearing on Thursday, Babar Awan and Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood represented both the parties. However, Justice Malik, a member of the SC bench, recused to hear the case saying that he had remained counsel for the father of the aggrieved party (Hameed) in the past and it was not appropriate for him to hear the case.

The SC bench referred the case to Chief Justice of Pakistan requesting him to form another bench sans Justice Malik.

The hearing in the case was adjourned indefinitely.