CJ has nothing to do with Arsalan Iftikhar case: Aitzaz Ahsan

Published: June 11, 2012
Aitzaz admits Malik Riaz showed him some documents, says Arsalan will be responsible for his own actions. PHOTO: ONLINE

Aitzaz admits Malik Riaz showed him some documents, says Arsalan will be responsible for his own actions. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan admitted on Monday that real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, involved in the Arsalan Iftikhar scandal, has shown him some documents relating to the case which made him feel sorry for Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

But, the chief justice has nothing to do with the alleged wrongdoings of his son and Arsalan will be responsible for his own actions, Aitzaz maintained while speaking to the media in the Lahore High Court premises on Monday. He added that people should not point fingers at the chief justice because of his son.

“The chief justice should have not sat on the bench hearing Arsalan’s case, and he took a wise decision in disengaging himself from the bench in view of public opinion,” Aitzaz said.

He said that Riaz has returned to the country and will present the relevant material in the Supreme Court. It will be up to the court to ascertain whether it was a conspiracy or not, he added.

Aitzaz, despite requests, declined to divulge details of the material shown to him by Riaz, saying it is improper to discuss in public the material on which the Supreme Court will take a decision.

He further said that the media had exaggerated the issue on the basis of hearsay, which is highly regrettable. He also rebutted the allegation that he had contacted British journalist Kristina Lamb. He clarified that the last time he had contacted Lamb was in 2007.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Umer
    Jun 11, 2012 - 10:32PM

    How does Aitzaz Ahsan know, is he a mind reader? There should be a thorough investigation of the Arsalan matter. How did CJ missed all the wealth and why is there no independent investigation of the Arslan matter ordered so far?


  • Imran Con
    Jun 11, 2012 - 10:52PM

    He knows because he saw the evidence being used against the man’s son and it doesn’t implicate him in the slightest. That’s how.


  • Umer
    Jun 11, 2012 - 11:11PM

    @Imran Con:

    It just means further investigation is needed. Without thorough investigation final conclusion cannot be made. AA is neither a judge nor an investigator. His word is not final by a long shot.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:32AM

    In the bar room of LHC Mr. AA clearly said that after looking closely at the evidence shown by Mr. Riaz Malik he personally informed Chief Sahib. He anyhow did not informed when he informed CJ of this episode. I think this case should be investigated by some independent panel of retired judges. Present judges in SC will try to hush-up things as seen before when evidence was provided both against the father and son during previous government.


  • Irsa
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:32AM

    They are accomplice corrupts having knowledge of these unfair deals but still act ‘honest’ and ‘relaiable’. This guy is such an oppertunist, does not miss any oppertunity to flatter this corrupt to the core judiciary who in its proceedings do not even know how to talk gracefully.Recommend

  • Rashid Rehman khan advocate
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:47AM

    Atizaz Ahsan is one of the player so he will not say what is true don’t believe him


  • Aamir
    Jun 12, 2012 - 10:49PM

    First of all lets face it , that not ALL the judges are Mr. clean. There are definitely corrupt elements in Judiciary.
    I think CJ knew about a sudden lifestyle change of his son and he did nothing ..And this is a question demanding answer from Riaz, that if CJ knew before leaking of this information on media why didnt he take the suo moto action before.

    Its not only CJ, believe me I personally know some judiciary people whose relatives are becoming rich and richer and I really dont know why SC is not taking any action against them.Whats the pay of a session-judge , 50k , 70k ,90k …how come they bought their own houses ( in more than one places ) , cars . Recommend

  • Naveed Abbas
    Jun 13, 2012 - 9:30AM

    This is a moral and religious responsibility of a father to have an eye on his son. This is gross negligence of a father. Also Aitazaz ahsan told him before and did not take any suo muto, and not aware about his business activities. Very strange!!!!!


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 13, 2012 - 12:20PM

    If nothing else the CJ is guilty of cover up of a crime being committed of which he had or was given ample information. He opted for inaction while he better had acted and acted vigorously and immediately. His silence for so many months is criminal, I’m sorry there just isn’t any excuses or reasons for pardon here.


  • monaza
    Jun 13, 2012 - 10:35PM

    we can’t judge de situation we have never been into.CJ is an honorable, well reputed man threat to many,so its vivid tht de conspiracy is well planned to sully de reputation of CJ,how could we be so mean and forget his achievements,his dedicated attitute towards his instituition.Um sure he’l set up an example and will not even hesitate in sentencing his own son,may Allah give him courage to do so..Recommend

  • Iram
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Case should be handed over to Justice Fakhrudin G Ibrahim.


  • Jun 15, 2012 - 7:49AM

    Even if you disregard Aitazaz Ahsan’s statement, you still have to wonder why his son Arsalan’s expensive vacations (along with CJ’s wife and other family members) to London and Monte Carlo on a govt doctor’s salary did not register with the CJ. Why did he turn a blind eye to this lifestyle that was clearly beyond his son’s known means.



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