Pakistan Chief Justice urged not to hear son’s case

June 7th, 2012 - 8:14 am ICT by IANS  

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Islamabad, June 7 (IANS) Leader of Opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan has said that Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should keep away from his son’s case, Online news agency reported.

But appreciating the chief justice’s effort, Khan said that it was the first case in the history of Pakistan that a Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken a suo moto notice of a case in which his son is allegedly involved in a corruption case.

He told media that the case had now opened and would go very far.

According to a Pakistani daily, Chaudhry took notice of a whisper campaign that Malik Riaz, a property tycoon, had got his son Arsalan Iftikhar involved in a business deal to influence cases pending before the court against him.

The chief justice ordered that the matter be placed before his bench Wednesday and issued notice to Riaz and Iftikhar (Arsalan).

The chief justice acted on a note by Supreme Court Registrar Faqir Hussain that said allegations were being levelled in TV talk shows that Riaz had engaged Iftikhar (Arsalan) with a view to influence the judicial process.

The note pointed out the allegation that Rs.300 to 400 million had been given to the chief justice’s son. Also, expenses on foreign trips were borne by the property tycoon.

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