Hearing on a plea demanding a forensic audit of the leaked video and audio tapes recorded of the meetings between Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik and PML-N leader Nasir Butt, has been adjourned till next week.
The complainant Mir Aurangzeb argued his own case in the court against the judge. The Federal Government’s registrar of the Islamabad High Court and Judge of the Accountability court have been named in the appeal filed. The plea demands a forensic audit of the leaked video and audio tapes recorded of the meetings between Arshad Malik and Nasir Butt. The plea urges the Federal Government to issue orders for a forensic audit of the controversial tapes and bring forth facts about it and make them public.
The court asked the complainant to wait for the case to start a formal hearing to elaborate his points further to which the complainant said that he required some time to prepare and build his case.
Earlier, Arshad Malik revealed other information related to the controversy. In an affidavit submitted to the IHC, Malik denied the contents of the video — which purportedly showed him admitting to a lack of evidence against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — and termed them edited, fabricated, and aimed to defame him.
In his letter, he wrote that he was “contacted by two acquaintances, Mahar Jilani and Nasir Janjua with whom I met. “During this meeting Nasir Janjua claimed that it was on his specific and personal recommendation to an influential person in the then PML-N Government that I was appointed Judge, Accountability Court No. II, Islamabad,” he wrote, adding that he “was not keen to this position”.
He further said the Flagship and HME references were transferred for trial to his court and associates and supporters of Mian Nawaz Sharif approached him on a number of occasions “with demands, inducements and threats to acquit Mian Nawaz Sharif and the other accused.” Malik was told by Janjua that “unless a favourable verdict was given in favour of Mian Nawaz Sharif, it would be very damaging for me personally”.
When the trials were at the arguments stage, he continued, Janjua and Jilani came to him, offering a bribe worth “Rs. 100 million in Euros for me immediately available out of which the Euro equivalent of Rs. 20 million was laying in his car parked outside”.
“However, I declined the bribe offered to me,” he claimed, adding that his refusal was followed by “a thinly veiled threat of physical harm and intimidation by Nasir Butt”, who told him he was “willing to go to any extent to help Mian Sahib in the trials he was facing”.
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27 September, 2019