Probing charges: NAB issues another notice to Dr Arsalan

Published: July 24, 2012
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Dr Arsalan Iftikhar expresses distrust in the joint investigation team.  PHOTO: INP/ FILE

Dr Arsalan Iftikhar expresses distrust in the joint investigation team. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has issued a fresh notice to the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to appear later this week before a joint investigation team (JIT) probing blackmail charges against him by a billionaire property developer.

The notice was issued after Dr Arsalan Iftikhar did not show up on Monday before the JIT comprising NAB, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Islamabad police.

The JIT is probing allegations by the real-estate tycoon, Malik Riaz, that Dr Arsalan had received millions of rupees from him promising to sway court decisions in his favour in some lawsuits against him. Dr Arsalan denies the charges.

According to a statement, Dr Arsalan was summoned by NAB for a ‘personal appearance’ on Monday for recording his statement. He, however, did not appear before the JIT.

“A notice under section 19 is being issued again for his appearance before the JIT on July 26 (Thursday),” read the statement.

A notice has also been issued to Dr Faqir Hussain, the registrar of the Supreme Court, for a personal appearance on Wednesday.

NAB formed the JIT after the Supreme Court ordered the government to investigate the matter after taking a suo motu notice of the case when Riaz first hurled allegations at Chief Justice Chaudhry during a news conference.

But Dr Arsalan, in a letter written to NAB through his lawyer Malik Ishaq, had objected to the inquiry.

Salman Ahmed, Riaz’s son-in-law, and Ahmed Khalil, Riaz’s business partner from whom Arsalan allegedly received money in an alleged underhand deal, were also summoned but did not show up.

Ahmed, in a fax message sent from the United Kingdom, said that he was receiving life threats and it was not possible for him to travel to Pakistan for this case.

He has, however, agreed to record his statement outside the country, the NAB statement added.

Meanwhile, Khalil in his letter informed the JIT that he was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Germany.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 24, 2012 - 3:33AM

    It is a whistle blowing and a black mail complaint that was ignored by the ‘daddy’ but has to be opened when it showed up in the press.
    An example should be set and a law lesson be created for the consumption of our legal system. It should be investigated as black mail and involved ‘big’ must be brought to court after our revered owner of ‘Jan-nisaars’ is retired or resigns.

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  • DREAMER!!!
    Jul 24, 2012 - 3:55AM

    What a pity!!! when The CJ can’t at least teach his own son to respect law, then he has no right to expect from others . . . ???? Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 24, 2012 - 7:53AM

    The NAB and attorney general should know that Crown Prince has veto powers. He has been already supported by his father in open court and the whistle blower maligned. The registrar of SC is not Dr. Faqir anymore, he is Dr. Ameer now!

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  • Bloom
    Jul 24, 2012 - 10:01AM

    This clearly shows that he is a criminal and using delaying tactics

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  • Bloom
    Jul 24, 2012 - 11:34AM

    His arrest warrants should be issued

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  • Law
    Jul 24, 2012 - 12:05PM

    People living in glass houses dont stone at others houses, If my son unemployed come home in 7 million car, and take out every member of family to UK i will be fool not to ask him his source of income?????

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 24, 2012 - 11:40PM

    When will the nation see this Prodigal Son behind the bars. Day in and day out people from Police Department and FIA are called in SC and insulted for not fishing-in criminals so here is the time for these sleuths to show their performance. Get-Um Boys.Recommend

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