IHC to take up judge video scandal case today

Earlier, the court had questioned FIA’s criteria of investigation

Saqib Bashir June 01, 2020
Judge Arshad Malik. PHOTO: FILE

 ISLAMABAD  : The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear judge Arshad Malik video scandal case on Tuesday (today).

A division bench of the IHC comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amir Farooq will hear the bail petition of the main accused of the case Mian Tariq Mehmood.

The court has already sought the progress report and complete record of investigation in the case.

On May 14, the court had questioned the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA’s) criteria of investigation.

The FIA officer told the court that judge Arshad Malik’s video was filmed during a period between 2001-2003.

He further said that the forensic of video was carried out which proved to be genuine.

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Mehmood is accused of filming the judge’s video and then blackmailing him.

Chief Justice Minallah wondered that the judge realised after a lapse of 18 years that he was given a sedative drug so that he could be filmed in a compromising situation.

The judge never claimed that the video was forged or fake, rather he verified authenticity of the video, in such circumstances, he should have been proceeded against for misconduct, Chief Justice Minallah said, adding that such an admission itself was an embarrassment for judges of subordinate as well as of superior courts.

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The controversy surfaced when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz during a press conference released a secret video of judge Arshad Malik in which he ‘confessed’ to convicting Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference under duress because he was blackmailed due to the video.

The judge confessed to being in a compromising situation, but claimed that he was trapped after being sedated.


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