Supreme Court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of leaked judge’s video scandal case till July 23, asking for suggestions of Attorney General regarding constitution of a probe commission into the controversy.
A three-judge Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday took up the video scandal case involving Accountability Judge Arshad Malik.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Asif Khosa said: “There’s no doubt that what the judge [in the leaked video] said were extraordinary statements. If the Supreme court gives its judgement then the case under Accountability court will definitely get affected”.
He asserted that the case did not focus on the authenticity of leaked video, but on the misconduct of judge Arshad Malik. The court then put off hearing till July 23.Earlier, the judge has requested the law ministry to provide him ‘foolproof security’. Citing life threats to his family and him, Malik pleaded the law ministry to not withdraw the current security detail assigned to him.
Supreme Court of Pakistan had approved the hearing of the purported video scandal against Accountability Court removed Judge Arshad Malik on July 12.bThe SC three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will hear the case.
A citizen of Islamabad named, Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza has filed the petition in the SC insisting the superior court to order an investigation of the purported video and take action against those involved as contempt of court to retain the dignity of the judiciary.
The petition viewed that the inquiry will respond to questions raised on the judiciary’s dignity, respect and independence and insisted the court investigating the matter at all cost. The petition has made the federal government, Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi and Raja Zafar Ul Haq while the main character of the video Judge Arshad Malik and Nasir Butt also made the respondents in the petition.
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22 August, 2019