Chief Justice summons his son on reports of financial impropriety

Published: June 6, 2012
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A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will hear the case. PHOTO: FILE

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will hear the case. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Taking note of reports of financial impropriety circulating on various social media platforms and media channels, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mohammed Iftikhar Chaudhry sent notices to Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz, Express News reported early Wednesday morning.

Malik Riaz Hussain is the chief of Bahria Town. Dr Arsalan Iftikhar is the Chief Justice’s son.

A notice has also been sent to the Attorney General of Pakistan

The case is due to be heard on Wednesday June 6, 2012 (today) by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry himself.

The Chief Justice had taken a suo motu notice of the reports circulating and has summoned the two men allegedly involved in the matter.

Express News correspondent Faisal Shakeel reported that according to sources, the reports on which the suo motu was taken suggest that Dr Iftikhar had taken between Rs300-400 million from Malik Riaz. Shakeel said that the impression given by some of these reports was that the sum was being exchanged on behalf of the Chief Justice for disposing off cases pending before the Supreme Court.

Shakeel clarified that the case at this point in time is not against any one and once hearings start on Wednesday, would seek to establish the authenticity of the reports.

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  • Umair Khan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:19AM

    Justice for All. it shows Long March was worth it. At the moment we do not have proof, but if its true that PPP planned this plan, they are doomed. Cj will rise up more as a national hero. It will prove just like Allah says in Quran,

    They planned and Allah planned and Allah is the best of Planner.

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  • Falcon
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Now that is what I would call sign of real justice. It would have been even better if CJ himself is not presiding over the bench taking decision on the issue (since that can potentially create conflict of interest).

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  • zia
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:23AM

    I can see that system of Khulfa e Rashidun is coming in Pakistan!! MashAllah!! :)

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  • Naqvi
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:25AM

    huhhh,, Another Drama……

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  • zayeph
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:25AM

    wuhooooooo….And the match is on. I hope justice will be done. who ever is involved in it what ever was the intentions, fair trial should be done.

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  • Faisal
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:26AM

    Same old dirty tactics !!! reminds me 9th March 2007 incident not again please !!!

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  • Ali
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:26AM

    Justice is blind. He won’t take any notice on Shia Killings.

    Another show off tactic to regain his popularity.

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Hang in there chief we are with you…

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  • Farooq
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Good step!. CJ should decline to hear the case himself if reports are found credible.

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  • The Flying Object
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Salute to the CJ. True spirit of Justice shown and I hope that the case is dealt fairly, INSHALLAH.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Yet another populist stunt by the PCO CJ as if he has not much to do. Who has heard that with dozens of judges in the SC, the father himself would head the bench? In the world of law it is not conflict of interest! The case is already decided, innocent. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has turned a joke or kangaroo court in the eyes of the world.

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  • Kamran khan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:33AM

    Time to make wise decisions

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  • John B
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:38AM

    Conflict of interest is there from the start. The chief justice should recuse himself from herding the case.

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  • NotSurprised
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:40AM

    Well done son! Chief Justice listening to his son’s case. Wow, where are the norms of justice where one excuses one’s self from the bench if a personal interest is involved?

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  • Cheema
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Does he know the term “Conflict of Interest”
    Alas we are doomed.

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  • Hammad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Great job CJ. We hope it turns out to be a fake scandal or he should take action against his son if need arises.

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  • Nadir
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:55AM

    So Malik Riaz hasnt seen the inside of a courtroom for a raft of landgrabbing cases, kidnapping a NADRA mobile team, assaulting police officers…….but, when the circus comes to town, hes summoned?

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  • Saqibtahir
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:03AM

    Iftikhar ch. should not sit on the bench. It is against all norms of justice. Now that all judges speak in same voice, let parliament, FIA or NAB probe this case.

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  • Usman
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:05AM

    One Word: RESPECT!

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  • PTI till death
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:07AM

    IK was right..Change has already come..Beginning of a “NEW PAKISTAN”..good times ahead Inshallah

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  • KR
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:08AM

    Great job, A good leader can only lead by example certainly not by dictating other.

    “The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill”

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  • Aftab
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:09AM

    Excellent move. Everyone should be equal before the law. Vote for Imran Khan to bring about real change

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  • Umer
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:11AM

    Accused’s own father acting as judge; isn’t this a major conflict of interest? Aren’t Judges supposed to not take cases where any relation is involved?

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:13AM

    Great =)

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  • Magnanimity
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:16AM

    Good Move by CJ.

    Love you CJ

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  • Zahoor Ahmad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Malik Riaz Hussain is the chief of Bahria Town. Dr Arsalan Iftikhar is the Chief Justice’s son.
    The case is due to be heard on Wednesday June 6, 2012 (today) by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry himself.

    isn’t a conflict of interest?

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  • Shirazi
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:18AM

    CJ Saab! What took you so long? Why you waited Malik Riaz to share proofs with media? You are very particular about dates as we just in Rehman Malik’s case. You didn’t notice your son and family’s lavish life style until Shaheen Sehbai’s interview?

    I don’t think CJ is trapped here, he is being exposed.

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  • Umer
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:25AM

    impression given
    by some of these reports was that the
    sum was being exchanged on behalf of
    the Chief Justice for disposing off
    cases pending before the Supreme
    Court.

    A father taking up case against his own son where his on involvement is also cited? Is this justice? I have a feeling Chaudary‘s investigation will find himself and his son “innocent”.

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  • irfan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:39AM

    CJP You will not walk alone. The ‘Real’ Pakistan is with you.

    RESPECT.

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  • Adnan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:44AM

    Musharraf was right in filing that reference.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:51AM

    People of Sindh are with you Mr. Honorable CJ. They were with you when Mushraf Junta regime tried to corner you and they will stand by if any pseudo democratic forces try to malign your name. Justice is only hope for Pakistan. Weakening Judiciary, will weaken Pakistan. Long Live Sindh, Long Live Pakistan.

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  • Faesal
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:55AM

    Iftikhar Choudhary is the true MAN at the job. He doesn’t discriminate. He has summoned his own son on mere allegation on social media.

    Blessing really. He is the reason why government is in frenzy

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  • Adnan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:56AM

    How can he hear a case against his son? He should not be heading the bench who is hearing a case against his own son.

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  • Eeman
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:07AM

    They could have settled it in house! Why such stunts?

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  • imran
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:27AM

    I think this is a larger conspiracy against any big fish(may be Zardari or Gilani) not against “Chief Justice of Pakistan”. Whispers triggered by Shaheen Sehabahi and Ansar Abbassi . Now they can glorify judiciary and malign the government more emphatically. There is a suspicious character in this case and that is Malik Riaz. I am sure Malik Riaz at this stage cannot play on behalf of Zardari. So we can conclude that strings are attached somewhere else. CJP take good and calculated move to save his integrity. Let see what they find out.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:32AM

    Very wise and timely decision and by CJ. Its conspiracy by corrupt ruling politicians and their stooges in establishment.

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  • Hamad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:35AM

    This will set graet example,I feel we have one reasonable to how has courage to do justice. In true words Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small.The most reasonable man always manages, when he pulls the trigger, to become a dispenser of justice. I am sure CJ will pull the triger and justice will pervails at least on highest level in Pakistan.

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  • Hamad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:38AM

    In Pakistan we have no such precident before.In simple words Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small. Mr CJ you see The most reasonable man always manages, when he pulls the trigger, to become a dispenser of justice. And in Pak at least we will have justice at highest level.

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  • Hamad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:39AM

    In Pakistan we have no such precedent before.In simple words Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small. Mr CJ you see The most reasonable man always manages, when he pulls the trigger, to become a dispenser of justice. And in Pak at least we will have justice at highest level.

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  • Sky
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:04AM

    The case is due to be heard on Wednesday June 6, 2012 (today) by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry himself

    I think a neutral judge would have more credibility.

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  • a&a
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:26AM

    No problem SON . . .justice at home . .. . .!!!!!Recommend

  • FP
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:28AM

    PPP lost blackmailing/bargaining point.

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  • Political Analyst
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:35AM

    i like this guy …. keep it up CJ …. May Allah give us politicians who are as honest as you. Ameen

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  • Muhammad Usman
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Good start. It would be better if senior most judge of court other than chief should hear the case. Any calling your own son in open court is appreciated

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  • Zahid
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:46AM

    You rock CJ……….

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  • jibran
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:48AM

    Just to sweep the dirt under the carpet. Let’s see if he orders a probe with non bailable warrants like Hamid Raza Kazmi.

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  • jibran
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:52AM

    Why has he not summoned the FIA to register an FIR to start investigation and to seek a report why the investigation has not already been started.

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  • Alam
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:57AM

    Doesn’t our CJ know about conflict of interest? This is getting ridiculous. The CJ should have recused himself

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  • Parvez Amin
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:07AM

    Dr Arslan this is the saddest day of my life. The man I admire t he most, your father, is put into a position which I would not wish him to face. I pray you have done no wrong and the matter ends right there.

    If it does not, your father will have an even shinier reputation which people will force on him. But the cost of the hurt in his heart cannot be measured. Don’t hurt your father. Do not fight him. Do not lie. He is your father, ask him what you should do.

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  • Imran
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:29AM

    All within the family!

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  • Hamid Ahmed
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:37AM

    Little history will help put things in perspective; It was CJ himself who wrote an order to admit his son Arsalan having only 639 and overall “C” grade in F.Sc. into Bolaan Medical Collage without merit (minimum 750). In 2005 he was appointed as demonstrator in IPH Quetta, later transferred to Health Department to post which was not there, Later to FIA, promoted out of turn to grade 18, transferred to Police without passing any exam from Public service Commission, must remember that he failed 3 exams from CSS. Long story short, who taught the corrupt ways to young Arsalan Iftikhar? Now this topi drama? “do so chohay kha kay billi haj ko chali”. It is all matter of convenience who cares about law?.
    More info on 2005 Reference, emegeny and struggle for independent judiciary http://ipripak.org/factfiles/ff89.pdf
    This post will serve as test for moderator, is moderator willing call a spade a spade or not?

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  • Jay Nathan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:39AM

    Excellent. Congratulations Justice Choudhary. After a long time some good news coming out of Pakistan that there are people there who practise what they preach. I wish we had many more Justice Choudharys on both sides of the Indo-Pak divide. Way to go Justice Choudhary.

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  • Qaiser K. Ahmed
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:50AM

    Must be an error in reporting. Our CJ cannot be so naive that he would examine his own son’s statement. Maybe he is just confused .But, we hope he corrects his position and step away from this case, to allow another judge to take charge.
    ps: First order of business. Put all parties concerned on ECL

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:02AM

    those who are talking of conflict of interest should read history when the holy prophet said that I would have reprimanded my daughter if she was presented before me for the theft.
    Secondly the very fact that CJ has taken a suo moto should stop criticism against him. Who else in this country would do that.

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  • rafiq
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:14AM

    what i dont undestand is how come this become suo moto matter arslan is a grown up man and if malik riaz and zardari & co spend 300 or 400 million on him then this is between him and them i mean what they gonna ask him in court that why did u spend that money i think cheif should ask first malick riaz how come he have that much of extra money to spend on people and did he pay tax on it and if he did then no one has the right to raise any question it was riaz’s money he gave it to arslan he spend it thats it where is the law broke in it

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  • rafiq
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:18AM

    @zayeph:
    what justice if i give u 300 million today to spend with my own will, then how can be justice to get invole to do what i flippin dont understand

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  • anonymus
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:51AM

    conflict of interest, honesty and law is applicable to PPP. when it comes to other people then it is hallal.
    300-400 millions must have been visible in home.

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  • Shahzad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:53AM

    CON flict of interest

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  • Jun 6, 2012 - 7:57AM

    Umair! This is truly a beautiful example. Yes indeed! Allah Allmighty is the best of planners.

    Wherever and whenever, there are two mischievous people planning an act to deprive, hurt, or vandalize someone, Allah Allmighty is the third one in that meeting and as the number increases, Allah Allmighty is the one that is present.

    Inshallah, Allah Allmighty will see how the Chief Justice imparts justice and will assist him in doing right, even if it is his own son. This is an act of those political vandals, the PPP.

    My Salams to you, sir.

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  • Hasan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 8:04AM

    @Mirza:
    Whenever you comment your obvious prejudice results on you forming a negative opinion based on inadequate evidence or knowledge. Please desist with this unfortunate behavior and espouse a path of more positive thinking. Remember that positive thought is enlightening and most importantly, it’s absolutely free.

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  • Nadeem
    Jun 6, 2012 - 8:43AM

    For all those who are crying conflict of interest I would like to say that conflict of interest comes into action when the matter is of giving a benefit to someone like awarding a property or a project. In this case, Justice Iftikhar’s decision to preside the bench is most appropriate so that the world would be able to see if justice is handed out to his son or not. Had the case been heard by a fellow judge, and any concession had been given, every one would have shouted fould play.In my opinion this is a wise dcision by all accounts. Lets just wait for the outcome and not jump guns.

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  • k-h-a-n
    Jun 6, 2012 - 9:05AM

    And the CJ didnt know about his son involvement before!……Because?

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  • omer
    Jun 6, 2012 - 1:14PM

    chief justice is a great man and taking great decesion.

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  • Lubna wain
    Jun 6, 2012 - 1:14PM

    CJ himself asked his son to appear before the court means a lot. I think it is fair enough if he himself is part of the bench . By the book it might not sound right but, If he refers this matter to his subordinates ,then people will say how can they go against their boss son . I think that’s great if he himself is part of the bench, which finds his son guilty and punishes him . That will really bring a much needed change in PAkistan. that will simply mean that every one has to pay for their wrong doings . That will send a very clear message that justice prevails At present there are so many people who are dealing with the sacrifice of their dear ones at Siachin. If CJ’s son is guilty and if that is proved in the court and he faces the consequences of his wrong doing that will set in motion a change which might be irreversible.

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  • Abdul sattar
    Jun 6, 2012 - 1:35PM

    Great chief justice we will salute you.

    you are our national hero i think this is first time in the history of world a judge himself summon son can anyone tell me if i am incorrect ?

    I think may times kings and khulfa did that but no judge summon his son??????

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  • hope
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:47PM

    CJ took many bold decisions but government higher ups didnt implement any yet. lets hope for the best again.

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