Suo motu: CJ's son says allegations of financial impropriety 'baseless'

Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz absent from first hearing of case.


Sunara Nizami/web Desk June 06, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Arsalan Chaudhry, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Wednesday said allegations that he had received Rs300 to Rs400 million and lavish foreign tours from Bahria Town were baseless, Express News reported.

A suo motu hearing on reports of financial corruption was heard by a three-member bench.

Upon reaching the court, Arsalan, while speaking to the media said that he was not not allowed to “go back home” until the court gave its verdict.

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, had summoned Arsalan, Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir and Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz.

A personal staff officer informed the court that Riaz was in the UK, where he was undergoing treatment. The chief justice inquired whether Riaz had received the court's summons, to which the officer replied that he had "not been able to get in touch with Malik Riaz" as yet.

Upon the court's enquiry as to who took care of business affairs in Riaz's absence, the officer took eight names including that of Riaz's son Ahmed Ali Riaz.

"Commander Illyas, Wing Commander Ayaz, General Ehtisham Zameer, Shaukat Sultan, Maryam Rehman, Brigadier Ahad and Riaz's son, Ahmed Ali Riaz take care of business affairs in his absence," said the personal officer.

The attorney general, objecting to the bench, said that the chief justice hearing this case was "against the code of conduct", to which Justice S Khwaja replied that the chief justice's son was not above the law and could be tried in court by the man who had the most respect for this institution.

Qadir responded saying that Justice Jawad S Khwaja was getting "very emotional" and should not hear the case.

The chief justice replied that he had "taken notice" of the attorney general's objection and that it would be mentioned in the order.

Chief Justice Chaudhry observed that if evidence was found against anyone, proceedings would be carried out according to the law.

Speaking to the media outside the courtroom, Arsalan's counsel said that the court had taken no decision as yet but had adjourned the hearing till June 7.

The court said that data relating to the case would be provided to the counsel in the next hearing. The Supreme Court also ordered for Riaz to be presented in court by then.

"I feel like this is a conspiracy to malign the Supreme Court," said Arsalan's lawyer. "We will expose the people behind this conspiracy and proceed against them."

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COMMENTS (92)

zeenat aga | 9 years ago | Reply

A sad day yet again for Pakistan. If Pakistan was lucky to be able to produce one decent person in the form of Iftikhar Chaudary, the demented ruling politicians and corrupt business men did not waste time trying to mar his reputation just because they were not getting their own way. May Allah protect the CJ from these vultures. I am sure the CJ will come out of this mess with flying colours!

Aftab | 9 years ago | Reply

@Aftab Kenneth Wilson: What you think is irrelevant. It's credible evidence which counts. If he is found guilty then of course he should be punished. But even then CJ does need to resign because he is not involved, the evidence is allegedly against his son. On the point of resigning now, well the PM has actually be convicted and he still is NOT resigning. So how you can call for CJ resignation when he has not been accused of anything is beyond me. Imran Khan is the answer to this countries dire problems. Vote for him everyone to save the country from this elite mafia who think they are above the law.

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