Judiciary to act if executive oversteps its authority: CJ

ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry has said that the judiciary has to invoke its power when the state functionaries transgress their authority and trample on fundamental rights.

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Published: Sun 24 Apr 2011, 11:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:56 PM

Inaugurating the National Judicial Conference here, Chief Justice Iftikhar said the constitution guaranteed independence of judiciary and prevented interference of the executive, but judicial independence must operate within the constitutional domain assigned to it.

Apparently dismissing allegations that the judiciary was overstepping into the spheres of other state institutions including the executive, Chief Justice Iftikhar said judiciary kept a close watch to supervise and protect the fundamental rights of citizen as enunciated in the constitution to uphold the rule of law.

He said: “The courts flung into action the moment such rights are violated and appropriate proceedings are initiated for enforcement. When we talk about the judicial independence it must operate within the constitutional domain assigned to it.”

He said the competence of judiciary could be measured through its decisions and approach.

“It is the duty of every state functionary to uphold the rule of law and strict adherence to the constitution. When the state functionaries transgress their authority, then the court has to invoke its power,” he said, adding “it can only happen if we have honest, committed and independent judiciary to uphold the rule of law”.

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