SC refuses to close courts amid corona virus outbreak

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to close down courts amid the rising number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Syed Qalb-e-Hassan Hassan appeared before the two-judge bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed and prayed upon the court to suspend its proceedings for a couple of weeks.
PM Imran urges Trump to lift sanctions on Iran ‘till coronavirus crisis is over’ However, the bench made it clear that closing down courts was impossible. ‘It hasn’t even happened in Europe,’ the court remarked.
However, CJP reiterated that no case will be dismissed on non-prosecution. CJP Gulzar asked SCBA president to convey it to the lawyers that their cases will not be dismissed on the basis of non-appearance. Only 18 cases were fixed before three benches in the apex court yesterday.
In another division bench hearing, SC judge Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed recused himself to hear a pre-arrest bail stating that he had been counsel in that matter in the past.
Despite his recusal, the bench granted four weeks pre-arrest bail to the accused in fear of contracting coronavirus. SCBA and Pakistan Bar Council have sent more than half their staff on leaves owing to the coronavirus outbreak.