KARACHI - Sindh Bar Council (SBC) has challenged the PCO judges as well as the reappointment of the judges by former Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar by filing a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court, SBC vice chairman Mehmoodul Hassan disclosed the details about the petition here on Wednesday. He was addressing a press conference at council office. He said that the purpose of taking this initiative was to continue the movements for the independent judiciary, despite reinstatement of the CJP Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, the judiciary is not independent, as the PCO judges are still present. The PCO judges are posing stumbling blocks in the way of free judiciary, so they must be removed as they allegedly violated the constitution. He also termed it illegal to increase the number of judges in the high court. He added that according to the constitution, only seventeen judges along with Chief Justice could sit in the court, but the government has increased their strength to 40 only order to accommodate the PCO judges. He said that the same policy should be adopted in the Supreme Court as well as in high courts. Similarly, the same standard should be adopted regarding appointments of the judges in all courts. He also made respondent to the PCO judges for taking the county on the edge of disaster. He claimed that the judges, who were re-appointed after taking fresh oath on August 2008, are illegal. Mehmoodul Hassan also demanded to increase the number of courts and judges in the form of establishing lower courts system. He said that it would boost up the provision of speedy justice in the country, particularly in Karachi. The amount allocated for the program of 'Access to Justice should be utilised in this regard he said. He also demanded to release the land of thirty-seven acres that was allocated to construct a judicial complex in the previous regime, while it was not handed over to the management. The SBC has also welcomed the initiatives of National Judicial Policy and said that it will bring revolution in the country by providing speedy justice to the masses. Earlier, vice chairman, Mehmoodul Hassan, on 18 May, moved a constitutional petition under article 184(3) of the constitution 1973, in the Supreme Court of Pakistan through Rasheed A Rizvi and M.M. Khattak, seeking several writs and declarations including the appointment of Justice Abdul Hameed Dagar as CJP after imposition of emergency on November, 3, 2007. It was stated in the petition that his appointment as CJP till his retirement was unlawful and appointments of other judges of the Supreme Court, who were appointed during the emergency period were also questioned and declared unlawful The petition had also questioned the enhancement of the judges strength in the Supreme Court made through Finance Act, 2008 and the amendments made in the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973.