ISLAMABAD: The larger bench of the Supreme Court will take up the application of the three-member judicial commission, tasked to probe the memo controversy, to extend the time limit for preparing a report into the matter.

The larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will take up this application today alongside an application of Barrister Akram Sheikh, who has been seeking from the court to direct the commission to record the statement of Mansoor Ijaz in London due to security threats to him.

The commission, in its application, has prayed to the court that it was not possible for it to complete its inquiry report within the given four weeks time, so the time limit may be extended for completing the inquiry.

It may be mentioned here that Barrister Akram Sheikh on January 24 had produced before the commission an email of Mansoor Ijaz in which he had said that Rehman Malik wanted to assassinate him. The commission, however, had requested the media not to publish the news.

The memo commission started its proceedings on December 28, 2011, issuing notices to the parties. Its first proceedings were held on January 02. On its first date of hearing, the counsel for Mansoor Ijaz told the commission that his client would come to record his statement on January 09, then 16 and then 24th January but he has not yet arrived and is reluctant to come here due to the Government of Pakistan's behaviour.

The judicial commission to probe the matter comprises Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court Faiz Essa, Chief Justice Sindh High Court Mushir Alam and Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Iqbal Abdul Rehman.