Judges bound to pronounce judgements without fear, pressure: SC
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) Supreme Court Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail on Saturday said in an eight-page verdict upholding the acquittal of the suspects in an abduction for ransom case that it was a duty of judges to ensure the protection of every person’s fundamental rights.
He said that judges were bound to honestly pronounce judgements according to the law and the Constitution without any fear and pressure.
“Judges must ensure the implementation of the law and the Constitution according to the facts. Judges should hear the cases with an open mind,” he said.
The judgement stated that there was no doubt in the character of a judge, adding that there could be many reasons for wrong decisions.
“There should be no exception for a judge who gives a decision against the facts and the law. A judge must know his powers and use them to reach the right decision,” it stressed.
“Due to poor investigation, many criminals escape punishment, and innocent people are punished. It is the responsibility of the trial court to ensure a fair trial under Articles 9 and 10A of the Constitution. If the crime is not proven, the trial court can acquit the accused at any stage. In many cases, the main accused are acquitted due to poor investigation,” it added.