Published On: Tue, Jul 16th, 2019
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Constitutional petition filed in SC in alleged video case of judge Arshad Malik

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ISLAMABAD: Another constitutional petition has been filed in Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan in connection with alleged video of the accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik.

A lawyer has filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking to launch an inquiry into Judge Arshad Malik’s video leak case. So far, three petitions have been filed in the case

The petitioner Ikram Chaudhry Advocate has taken the plea the video matter be investigated and those who have displayed it in press conference be summoned.

The central character of video Nasir Butt and his brother be also called.12 persons including law ministry, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been made respondents in the petition. On the other side a petition has been filed in Supreme Court of Pakistan for investigation into video scandal.

The petition has been filed by Sohail Akhtar, a citizen through the lawyer Ikram Chaudhry.

Through this petition Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Judge Arshid Malik, PEMRA and federation have been made respondents.

The petitioner prayed the apex court to order inquiry in respect of video scandal besides conducting forensic test of video. It was said in the petition that efforts were made to malign the judiciary through the video.

This is violation of cyber law; the petitioner prayed that video is conspiracy to annihilate the judiciary. PEMRA be ordered to provide all the record of video and those found responsible be brought to justice.

The petitioner said that the allegations made during the press conference aimed to malign the “integrity of the judiciary”. He said that “nothing has been done by the state institutions to probe into the matter and unearth the actual truth” so far.

The petition states that there has been a “flagrant disregard” of articles 4 (right of individuals to be dealt with in accordance with the law), 9 (security of a person), 175 (appointment of judges), and 204 (punishment for contempt of court) of the Constitution, as well as the cyber laws and the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.

Ikram Chaudhry, said that the video leak is targeting the judiciary while speaking to the media outside the court. “Maryam’s press conference comes under contempt of court,” he claimed.

The top court will hear another petition seeking an investigation into the Judge Malik video case on July 16. The petition, filed by Advocate Ishtiaq Mirza, will be taken up by a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

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