Ex-CJP audio leak: IHC orders to continue arguments for maintainability of plea to form commission for investigation
The Islamad High Court on Wednesday ordered to continue arguments related to the maintainability of a plea against former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar's alleged audio leak, reported Aaj News.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted a hearing on the plea seeking formation of a commission to investigate the ex-CJP's audio. Attorney General of Pakistan Javed Khan was summoned in the court for the assistance.
During the hearing, Justice Minallah inquired to whom the court will issue orders for the investigation of the authenticity of the audio leak. To which the AG told the court Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHBA) President Salahuddin Ahmed submitted the plea under Article 199 of the Constitution.
Khan suspected the petitioner was arguing another case and the court had no idea who was using the judiciary as this was a "season of harrassment of judiciary and put pressure on it".
Ahmed argued the attention of the court was being diverged by saying either do the accountability of the past 70 years or do not do it at all. "The courts are being made controversial. However, the judiciary can stop the process by doing investigation [into the case]," the SCBA president added.
Khan suggested to send all past cases to the Parliament for discussion. He mentioned an appeal [related to ex-prime minister] was ongoing in the court and every case was converging towards it. "A proxy war is being fought for one case," he said.
The attorney general said audio and video leaks against the judges had come to the fore, making it crucial to clarify independece of judiciary before public. "The judiciary can't use social media or press conferences. Therefore, the corruption should come to light as well as why Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was removed."
Justice Minallah said if the court approves the maintainability of the plea related to the investigation of audio leak, what would happen. In future someone else make another audio and would ask to investigate the matter as the technology has become advanced. "A commission would be made on the issue, if it had some ground," said the IHC chief justice.
He noted the judiciary couldn't do anything on its own. However, the independent media and bars associations could play the role. "People ask me where are my two flats in Manchester as making audios and videos and fabricate them have become too easy now."
The attorney general said at least cases of 16 thousand families were being pending before the apex court in which no video was surfaced. "Why this is the the only case in which the judiciary is being targetted again and again?" he said.
The IHC chief justice said the ex-CJP was not in the court who alleged audio was being discussed and it was not yet known whether it was his audio or not.
The court ordered the petitioner's lawyer to satisfy the court in the next hearing how the case would be proceeded and the arguments of the maintainability of the case would be continued in the next hearing.
The case was adjourned till December 24.