CJ isolates himself from hearing Bahria Town cases

Published: June 22, 2012
According to an order issued by the chief justice will not be a part of the three-member bench hearing cases. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

According to an order issued by the chief justice will not be a part of the three-member bench hearing cases. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who had confronted several allegations by business magnate Malik Riaz, isolated himself from hearing cases pertinent to Bahria Town, Express News reported on Friday.

According to an order issued by the chief justice, he will not be a part of the three-member bench hearing cases, including the murder of a security guard, sessions judge inquiry case and land controversies.

The cases will now be heard by a two-member bench, including Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

The order further stated that Justice Shakirullah Jan is currently presiding over the two-member bench hearing the contempt case against Riaz.

A suo motu was taken by the chief justice against his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and Riaz, following media reports that Iftikhar had received between Rs300 and Rs400 million from Riaz to influence judicial proceedings.

Justice Chaudhry said that he was inspired from the conduct of Hazrat Ali, who disassociated himself from a battle when felt that his personnel interests got involved instead of Allah’s will, the judiciary should not be biased and all the verdicts should be announced on merit.

The written order of the court in the case stated that contempt of court proceedings were underway against Malik Riaz before a bench of the apex court.

There have been allegations leveled against the chief justice by Malik Riaz which is why he (chief justice) will not hear cases against Bahria Town, the order said.

Later, the court adjourned hearing of the Bahria Town guard murder case until June 25.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Greens
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Good decision. At least there is some one in Pakistan who discriminates Right and Wrong. Thumbs up for CJ!


  • HoneyBee
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:11PM

    but still head . . . . .


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:25PM

    This is not enough, this man has made his name so cotroversial that his continued association with the Supreme Court is making it controversial as well. He must resign or sent on leave whatever.


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Not enough, he must resign or sent on leave to restore public trust in the supreme court of Pakistan The institution must appear bigger than an individual any individual including Iftikhar Chaudhry.


  • Hassan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Inshallah, this man will be made an example out of for what he has done to destroy the elected institutions in this country.


  • Asad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @Uza Syed:
    What controversial? Atleast he is better than PPP corrupted leaders. We should encourage the good decisions.


  • M@ni
    Jun 22, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Excellent. I am loving this man. He is the only hope for a better pakistan


  • John
    Jun 22, 2012 - 4:40PM

    A good decision by CJ. At least someone is setting good examples for others to follow.


  • Adnan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 4:52PM

    @Uza Syed:



  • Nabeel Javed
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Allah bless our CJ.


  • Saima Jabeen
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:49PM

    We salute our CJ. Present government want to give harm to CJ like Pervez Musharraf but Allah is with CJ. Allah bless him.


  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Another great decision by a great man. He might not be a “perfect” CJ, but atleast he is trying his best to do what is right. No one else in our power corridors, seems to be the least interested in doing the “right” thing. The elected representatives are doing all the wrong things day in day out. Lets commend his right decisions and hope others also start doing what is right.


  • Sonya
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Do us a favor and isolate this nation by resigning because you have become controversial the basic requirement of the position.


  • Suraj
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:18PM

    Good one..


  • DavidL
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Being a lawyer,I would like to say that I feel PROUD of my Chief.


  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:37AM

    We want to listen you decision on the basic right of cheap electricity


  • Sohail
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:45AM

    @sonya @uza

    What democracy and which institutions destruction are you referring to?
    The democracy which came with the help of NRO?
    or the one installed by US and musharraf and the arabs?
    And can you name me one institution which has not been exploited and ruined by these corrupt democracy champions? Can you name one?
    This CJ will leave you something on which you can start rebuilding your nation! the Ummah!
    Our Quaids Ummah!


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @DavidL: Because you don’t know what the constitution says and who is superior to who the constitution or someone who is working in this position because he supported the violaters of this constitution, I’m talking about the twice PCOed man here your PCOed chief.


  • Shakir Alvi
    Jun 23, 2012 - 4:23AM

    After issuing arrest warrants for Malik Riaz and his son and calling a full court reference with the judges dealing with his own sons case attending the proceedings. It is too little too late Mr PCO!


  • AS
    Jun 24, 2012 - 6:39AM

    Too little too late chief.Recommend

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