ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday sought detailed viewpoint of the government over dysfunctional judges who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). A seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Amir Hani Muslim hearing intra-court appeal of the PCO judges against a judgment of four-member bench, directed Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul Haq to give in writing the governments stance on the issue. The court observed that in light of 18th and 19th Amendments the PCO judges are no more judges of superior courts, but ordinary citizens. The chief justice said: This is for the first time that the parliament has not validated the action of an adventurer. On November 3, 2007, military forces had surrounded the court, he said and added now the deviation of the constitution would attract Article 6 of the constitution (to gather treason charges). On the last hearing, Justice (retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justice (retd) Syed Zahid Hussain sought unconditional apologies for taking oath under PCO, which the Supreme Court granted. Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi, Justice Hasnat Ahmed Khan, Justice Syed Hamid Ali Shah and Justice Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah of Lahore High Court, Justice Yasmeen Abbasey of Sindh High Court, Justice Jehanzeb Rahim (Peshawar High Court) and Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, retired chief justice of LHC, had decided to face the contempt of court proceedings. Raza Kazim, counsel for Justice Hamid Ali Shah, said this was the first time in history that the judges lead the revolution, adding the adventurism on November 3, 2007 was with the Constitution and the court. He pleaded the court has to see whether the violation by his client was deliberate or was a result of misunderstanding. He requested the court that Khalid Ranjha, who is representing Justice (retd) Ch Iftikhar Hussain, was in hospital due to eye operation, while the counsel for other PCO judges were also not in Pakistan, therefore the case may be adjourned. Justice Saqib Nisar asked the learned counsel to explain clearly whether your client also likes to follow the suit of Justice (retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justice (retd) Syed Zahid Hussain or wants to contest the contempt of court proceedings. Are you seeking interpretation, revisitation or review of the your clients case, the court asked him. The chief justice asked Raza dont you want the Martial Law be blocked forever and there should be democracy in the country. The CJP said that nation has faced so many martial laws, adding that now rule of law would take its course. The case was adjourned till April 4, 2011. PCO judges are facing contempt charges for taking oath under the PCO in defiance of a restraining order issued by a seven-judge Supreme Court bench on November 3, 2007. For the past four months the bench has been conducting proceedings against ten judges who had decided to contest contempt of court charges.