Already a legal folklore in Pakistan for being the only judge who stood up to a military ruler and won, it will be a nothing less than a heroic comeback for Justice Iftikar Mohammad Chaudhry when he is reinstated as Chief Justice on March 21.
60-year-old Chaudhry is already one of the most well known persons in Pakistan for standing up to military president Pervez Musharraf by refusing to resign in 2007. He is the only judge in the country to have faced suspension and sacking but managed to stage a dramatic comeback.
Though it was Musharraf who appointed him Chief Justice of Pakistan on May 7, 2005, Chaudhry had an almost running battle with the military general-turned politician ever since.
For this he faced suspension on Mar 9, 2007. The decision was reversed by the Supreme Court in July 2007.
But when Musharraf returned to power as a civilian President in November 2007, the retired general pre-empted an impending court decision against his re-election and sacked Chaudhry by suspending the Constitution and declaring a state of emergency.
Not a man to be cowed down, Justice Chaudhry convened a seven-member bench that passed a interim action against emergency.