ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has issued another show-cause notice on Wednesday to Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

Sources stated the notice has been issued over the high court justice’s speech at the district bar of Rawalpindi last month.

In the notice, Justice Siddiqui has been directed to submit his reply by August 28.

On July 21, at the Rawalpindi Bar Association, Justice Shaukat has alleged 'state agency' meddling in the judiciary’s affairs and blamed the judiciary for the country's 'deplorable' state of affairs.   

While hearing the case next day, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar commented, "I read about the remarks of a judge in Islamabad and was deeply saddened". 

 Adding to the matter, the ISPR issued a press release and requested the top court to look into the matter.

"An honourable judge of Islamabad High Court of Pakistan has levelled serious allegations against state institutions including honourable judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency.

In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly”.

The apex court took a suo motu notice of the matter. Justice Siddiqui requested the chief justice to constitute a judicial commission to investigate his allegations and offered to resign if he's proven wrong.