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Pak SC admits Bhutto's petition; Chaudhry attends office

Pakistan's SC has admitted a petition by Benazir Bhutto alleging that names of 3 million people are missing from the new voters' list as the reinstated Chief Justice formally resumes duties.
PTI | By KJM Varma, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 08:07 PM IST

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday admitted a petition by former Premier Benazir Bhutto alleging that names of three million people were missing from the new voters' list as the reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar M Chaudhry formally resumed duties more than four months after his suspension.

Chaudhry, who was reinstated by the Supreme Court on Friday last quashing the Presidential reference of charges against him, came to the apex court in his official convoy and was greeted by lawyers and well-wishers.

Although he had resumed his duties on Friday itself from his residence after the verdict was delivered, he formally attended the office for the fist time today following his reinstatement.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, admitted a petition by Bhutto, who alleged that names of three million people were missing from the voters' list prepared by the Election Commission for the general elections scheduled for later this year.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Rana Bhagwan Das, who was till last week the Acting Chief Justice during the suspension of Chaudhry, admitted the petition by Bhutto's lawyer Lateef Khosa filed on her behalf.

In the petition, Bhutto's lawyer questioned the credibility of the upcoming elections as, he claimed, a large number of people's name were missing from the voters' list.

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