In a case that could send shockwaves through the power corridors of Pakistan, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, while taking suo motu notice on reports of financial corruption against his own son, has summoned the attorney general of Pakistan, Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz and his son, Arsalan Chaudhry, to appear before the apex court.
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took notice of rumours that had begun to appear on the media that his son had received Rs300 to Rs400 million and lavish foreign tours from the Bahria Town chairman in questionable ‘business deals’ – but why he had taken the money is unclear.
Some reports allege that Arsalan Chaudhry had taken the money and promised the business tycoon that all corruption cases against him would disappear.
Justice Chaudhry, while taking notice of the corruption allegation, summoned the attorney general to appear before the court, with the two alleged perpetrators. He asked them to appear in “open court at 9.30 am” with their replies and explanations.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.