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.