On 6 June 2012
ISLAMABAD: After days of the capital being abuzz with rumours of a mega corruption scandal allegedly involving the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the CJ has taken suo moto notice of reports circulating in the media and summoned Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, Bahria Town chief executive Malik Riaz and attorney General Irfan Qadir.
The notice to Lahore-based Arsalan has been served through the IG Punjab and to Malik Riaz through IG Islamabad.
The court will take up the case in an open hearing today (Wednesday). The three-member bench hearing the case will be headed by the chief justice himself and also include Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif.
The electronic and social media have in the last few days been rife with reports about Arsalan Iftikhar allegedly receiving crores of rupees from the Bahria Town management under different pretexts in order to influence the Supreme Court in favour of Bahria Town cases pending with the SC. There were also allegations that the Bahria Town management financed multiple foreign trips taken by Arsalan and the CJ’s family members and also paid for hotel and rented accommodation and cars. Additionally, there were reports of Arsalan receiving about Rs340 million in different heads from Malik Riaz.
Arsalan’s credibility does not match that of his father. People do mention the son’s name in dubious matters. The credibility of the chief justice, however, has always remained unblemished.
When this correspondent approached Arsalan, he denied many of the allegations but confessed some of them saying that this was his personal business dealing. According to family sources, Malik Riaz is currently in Dubai.
Hearing Adorned till Thursday
Islamabad: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday began the hearing of of the suo motu notice of graft case involving son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Arsalan appeared before the bench with his lawyer Sardar Ishaq Advocate while the counsel of Malik Riaz told the court that his client could not appear before the bench as he is in London.
Arslan denied all the allegation against himself and termed all the allegation as fabricated.
The CJ remarked that the case was not a political action would be taken against Arsalan if he found guilty.
The AG objected that it was against the code of conduct that the CJ hears case against his own son.
Justice Jawad S Khwaja said that the CJ’s son was not above the law and that action could be taken against him.
The bench has also summoned senior journalists Hamid Mir, Kamran Khan, Najam Sethi and Shaheen Sehbai in today’s hearing. The bench directed the journalists to produce all the material regarding the case in the court.
Earlier, the CJ issued notice to his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz and Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir, in order to probe regarding the allegations prevailing in the media that he has recieved an amount of Rs 400 million to influence his father.
Renowned journalist and Pakistan’s news group, The News, editor Shaheen Sehbai had claimed in a video that soon a scandal is likely to surface against the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhery’s son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.
Sehbai said that “CJ’s son was given up to Rs.400 million in a planned conspiracy. The conspiracy is now completed and can be brought to surface anytime.”
According to Shaheen Sehbai CJ’s son received millions of rupees plus sponsored foreign trips, during 2009, 2010 and 2011 to London, with credit cards to be used abroad for him and his family from a famous business tycoon of Pakistan, Malik Riaz, (named by Kamran Khan in his programme ‘Aaj Kamran Khan K Sath’).
The hearing was adjourned hearing till Thursday.
Graft allegations: CJ kicks his son out of home
Islamabad: After graft allegations, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has kicked his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar out of home till the conclusion of the case.
Arslan while talking to private news television has confirmed that his father, the CJ, has barred him from entering house and having contact with the family till the conclusion of the case.
He said that the entire allegation against him were baseless and fabricated.