Rumour mills were in full swing after the bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial, was suddenly delisted on Wednesday morning, the first working day after a long Eid break. All cases scheduled to be heard in front of the CJP bench were also delisted, and the registrar of the Supreme Court issued a notification confirming the delisting of these cases.
According to a spokesperson for the Supreme Court, Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Athar Minallah were also on the Chief Justice’s bench, which was delisted due to the Chief Justice’s unavailability, cited as his sickness.
The list of cases for Bench No. 2 of the Supreme Court was also revoked, which was supposed to be heard by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Shahid Wahid. A new bench, consisting of Justice Aijazul Ahsan and Justice Aminuddin Khan, was formed for Bench No. 2, and the Registrar’s office of the Supreme Court issued a list of new cases to be heard by this bench.
It is common for changes to occur in the composition of benches and schedules of cases in courts, and it is possible that there were logistical or administrative reasons for this particular change.