Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned a meeting of the full court on June 15 to decide upon a future course of action in his son’s case, Express News reported.
The chief justice has summoned all the judges of all registries to attend the 3 pm meeting on June 15. The apparent agenda of the meeting includes progress on rules of working committee, registration of advocates of record and fixation of cases.
Sources said that the meeting will review the current situation in light of the alleged corruption case involving Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and decide what direction the Supreme Court should adopt and what would be the role of the chief justice in the case.
Meanwhile, in a rejoinder to the allegations levelled by the real-estate tycoon, the Supreme Court registrar has clarified that the meetings Malik Riaz spoke about took place when Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was deposed.
In a telephone interview with Geo TV, Faqir Hussain confirmed that Justice Chaudhry and the Bahria Town magnate met twice or thrice after then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf had sacked dozens of judges of the superior judiciary, including Justice Chaudhry.
“I was also present in these meetings. But let me clarify that the chief justice did not meet with Malik Riaz after his restoration,” said Faqir Hussain.
He recalled that Riaz had insisted that Justice Chaudhry meet with President Asif Ali Zardari for his restoration – but the former declined, ‘deeming it inappropriate’.
The apex court registrar said that the real-estate magnate had also told Justice Chaudhry that he had brought two major political parties – the PML-N and PPP – on a single point to strengthen the democratic process and that he also wanted to mediate restoration of the judiciary.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2012.
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