Slur campaign against judiciary: On CJ’s orders, Capital Police probe malicious SMS

Published: October 1, 2012
Text message was sent to former PHC judge who informed Justice Chaudhry.

Text message was sent to former PHC judge who informed Justice Chaudhry.

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Police and intelligence agencies are searching for an individual responsible for circulating a “highly objectionable SMS” maligning the superior judiciary, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The search follows an inquiry ordered by Justice Chaudhry after a former judge of the Peshawar High Court, Javed Nawaz Gandapur, informed him about the SMS, according to a highly placed source.

Justice (retd) Gandapur forwarded the text message to Justice Chaudhry after receiving it from another person whose identity was disclosed to the Islamabad police during the inquiry.

“I took the initiative and informed the chief justice about the SMS,” Gandapur told The Express Tribune. “I considered it my constitutional and legal obligation to bring the SMS to the notice of the chief justice,” he said. “I fulfilled my duty by forwarding it to the chief justice.”

Gandapur refused to share the contents of the SMS with The Express Tribune and said it pertains to some very sensitive issues.

“I could guess who composed the SMS to malign the chief justice and the superior judiciary … but I will not tell you.”

He confirmed an inquiry was in progress since he was also quizzed by a senior police officer who met with him on behalf of the Islamabad police chief last week. Gandapur said he shared with the police the number he received the controversial text message from.

Police have so far questioned several people in an attempt to get to where it originated from. No arrests have been made, thus far.

Gandapur considers the SMS as part of a calculated character assassination campaign against the top judiciary, including the chief justice.

The inquiry was ordered on September 19 and was supposed to be completed within a week. However, the apex court gave the police another month to submit their findings.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2012.


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Reader Comments (16)

  • Umer
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:57AM

    What about SMS that are threatening to journalists, human rights workers etc.? Why does judiciary only think about itself?


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:07AM

    To quotes explain the situation of Pakistan:

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire

    “We were in government but not in power” Shaheed Benazir Bhutto


  • A Peshawary
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:20AM

    This should not have been reported in public; When reported in the press, Why to hide it now? It is the right of the people to get the complete information of reported event. Mr. Gandapur should reveal the name of the person who is behind it, as proclaimed that he knows him. When the media has made it public they should try to report everything instead allowing the people responsible for divulging information to keep it secret.

    A Peshawary


  • Samir.
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:42AM

    wow. just wow. I guess the police and the judiciary really must have nothing better to do then.


  • Feeka
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Feeka would let this SMS go if it was not truth.


  • Logic. Europe
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Texts of this nature are deplrable. There are hundreds of articles in national and international press by people of integrity criticising mr chadhry. Recommend

  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:05PM

    “The inquiry was ordered on September 19 and was supposed to be completed within a week. However, the apex court gave the police another month to submit their findings.”.
    Two weeks’ time was more than enough. Let’s wait for the inquiry to be completed.


  • djbsdfj
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:37PM

    the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is chasing after a texter??Recommend

  • Beatle
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Question 1: There are numerous SMS msgs about other dignitiries. Anyone recalls an enquiry?
    Question 2: Are the robed personalities superior creatures.


  • A J Khan
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Courts should improve their performance, instead of threats of contempt of court. They too should learn to respect rather than” call, rebuke, humiliate and disgrace”.
    Some senior Lawyers had this complaint too.Recommend

  • tufan Agha
    Oct 1, 2012 - 1:00PM

    ET, Please tell us what is in the SMS so that we too can condemn or support it.Recommend

  • sundus
    Oct 1, 2012 - 2:32PM

    so that means only politicians be hanged, exiled, punished and jailed. why not Mr. Chaudhry, I would love to see the SMS because if we can send and receive such SMSs about our elected representatives than why not for PCO judges.
    we can prosecute Nawaz and zardari for their wrong doings of the past than why can’t we ask Chaudhry for his wrong doings.


  • A. Choudhary
    Oct 1, 2012 - 5:26PM

    This the duty of Police to protect the citizens. If police fails blame should go to administration and government but not to Judiciary. The work of Judiciary is to provide juistice to anyone who approaches them for this purpose.


  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 1, 2012 - 5:56PM

    do not spare them CJ, hum tumhare sath hain! “How could they dare to malign us, the only epitome of virtues and wisdom in the land of pure?” Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 1, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Who dared maligned the sacred cows in the land of pure? Only the generals and judges are immune from the equal treatment, the rest are like so much trash. The culture of hate is not going to spare anybody no matter how strong they are.


  • Muhammad
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:21AM

    Only judiciary is immune from criticism in this land of pure


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