| Updated at: 1543 PST, Saturday, February 12, 2011|
LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that constitution gave full freedom to the judiciary, adding that the only latter could uphold social justice and good governance in the country.
He was addressing the seminar titled "Dispensation of Justice-Challenges ahead" organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association here at a local hotel on Saturday, he said the gap between the haves and the have-nots was increasing continuously in our society, therefore, planners must devise safety networks for poor and downtrodden sections of society.
"According to the constitution, it is incumbent upon the state to reduce disparity in the income and earning of individuals," he added.
The CJP said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan was striving hard to bridge the gap and ward off the evil of corruption and sustain good governance through better accountability and transparency.
He said that the Supreme Court had decided hundreds of cases of public importance in the last few years to uphold the rule of law.
"In pursuance of orders of the court, billions of rupees have been recovered and deposited in the public exchequer in Bank of Punjab, Rental Power Projects, National Insurance Company Limited cases," he said.
He said compensation was also paid to owners of flats and depositors in housing schemes and amounts collected from pilgrims for accommodation and other facilities were also refunded.