Jun 15

PM should have appealed against conviction: CJP

Chief Justice says sentence in contempt case is directly linked with ineligibility of a person.PM should have appealed against conviction: CJP

A three-member bench headed by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing into applications pertaining to the ruling of NA speaker after Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Gilani.

As soon as the hearing began, Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel of PM, said that a larger bench should be formed, adding that the issue is very sensitive.

He said his client had accepted the sentence but not ineligibility, adding that not every sentence implies to the ineligibility of the Member of Parliament.

The chief justice remarked that Aitzaz Ahsan cannot argue over appeal in this case and said his client accepted the sentence.

CJP also said that PM Gilani should have appealed against the verdict in contempt case on which Aitzaz Ahsan maintained that his client was sentenced but was not declared ineligible due to which he did not appeal against the verdict.

Aitzaz Ahsan argued that the speaker has the right to give ruling and doesn’t play the role of a postman only.

At the outset of the hearing Attorney General Irfan Qadir came on the rostrum and said he did not make any indecent posture in yesterday s hearing. He said the proceedings were misreported by media.

Jun 07

Arsalan case:CJP withdraws from bench

Amidst objections, CJP has detached himself from the bench hearing graft case against his son.Arsalan case CJP withdraws from bench

Amid accusations of conflict of interest, Chief Justice of Pakistan announced on Thursday that he is removing himself from a bench hearing corruption allegations against his son and announced the formation of a two-member bench to look into the claims.

The announcement by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was made as rumors have surfaced that his son, Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had accepted bribes worth $3 million to $4 million from a powerful real estate tycoon with ties to the president, several leading politicians and the military.

Malik Riaz Hussain, the businessman, did not attend the court proceedings. Zahid Bukhari, his lawyer, told the court that Mr. Hussain is undergoing medical treatment in London and cannot travel.

On Thursday, Kamran Khan, one of the country s most popular talk show hosts, told the court that Mr. Hussain showed him travel documents, credit card statements and details of Arsalan Chaudhry s stays in London and on the Riviera. Mr. Khan said that Mr. Hussain complained that despite spending so much money on the justice s son, he could not win any support in 42 court cases.

Justice Chaudhry tried to distance himself from his son and at one point remarked: “I will not call him my son. This is Mr. Arsalan standing in front of us.” He claimed to be unaware of his son’s business dealings. Justice Chaudhry said that according to the teachings of the Quran, parents are not responsible for the actions of their children. He also insisted that his financial record had remained unblemished in handling high-profile court cases for more than two decades.

Justice Chaudhry said the new two-person panel will initiate proceedings later Thursday.

Jun 06

Arsalan graft case: Hearing adjourned till tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The hearing of the suo moto notice of graft case involving son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was adjourned till tomorrow 11:30 am, Dr Arslan Graft Case

A three-member bench headed by the chief justice heard the case. The bench also includes Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif.

The CJ asked the TV anchorpersons to bring the material on the next hearing on which they conducted their programmes.

During the hearing the court asked for complete record of the Bahria Town Company. The court also asked the Chief Executive and the Chairman of Bahria Town to be present tomorrow along with the relevant record.

Arsalan arrived at the SC building with his lawyer Sardar Ishaq Advocate. Although, business tycoon Malik Riaz was absent, his Principal Staff Officer said he could not be contacted as he has gone to UK for treatment.

At the outset of the proceedings, the CJ remarked that if Arsalan found to be involved in the scam the law will talk its course.

On this, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said to the chief justice that he cannot be part of the bench. The CJ replied that the court is aware of the code of conduct but it is a matter of the honour of the institution.

The AG, while addressing the CJ said you are getting emotional on the matter that is why I am of the view that the chief justice should not sit in the bench. Justice Jawwad Khawaja observed that we do not need to get emotional.

After days of the capital being abuzz with rumours of a mega corruption scandal allegedly involving his son, the CJ took suo moto notice of media reports and summoned Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, Bahria Town chief executive Malik Riaz, and Attorney General Irfan Qadir.

The electronic and social media have in the last few days been rife with reports about Arsalan Iftikhar allegedly receiving millions of rupees from the Bahria Town management under different pretexts in order to influence the apex court in favour of Bahria Town cases pending with the SC.

There were also allegations that the Bahria Town management financed multiple foreign trips taken by Arsalan and the CJ’s family members and also paid for hotel and rented accommodation and cars. Additionally, there were reports of Arsalan receiving about Rs340 million in different heads from Malik Riaz.

Jun 04

Dual-nationality: SC suspends Malik’s Senate membership

SC has suspended the membership of Rehman Malik till the verdict in dual nationality case.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to the dual nationality of parliamentarians.

During the hearing, the bench said that the membership has been suspended since interior minister Rehman Malik failed to provide documents subjected to his abandonment of UK citizenship.

The bench further stated that the senate membership of Rehman Malik will remain suspended till the verdict in the case.

Rehman Malik will not be able to hold the post of Interior Minister till the suspension of his membership.

The Supreme Court also issued notices to thirteen other parliamentarians including Hafeez Sheikh, Sabir Baloch, Nadia Gabol and Khawaja Asif for holding dual nationality.