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Leaked video controversy: Judge Malik meets acting IHC CJ third time in a week

The Express Tribune 2019-07-12 11:31:02

First meetin­g betwee­n the two senior judges took place on Monday­

Accountability court judge Arshad Malik on Friday met with acting Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Amir Farooq for the third time amid the ‘leaked video controversy’.

Judge Malik was part of the controversial video clip presented by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership alleging that the accountability judge confessed before a long-time party supporter Nasir Butt about being threatened to convict former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference verdict.

The first meeting between the two senior judges was held on Monday, after which Justice Farooq met Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Consultation among judges over the alleged video of accountability court judge continued on Thursday during the second meeting between Malik and acting IHC chief justice.

Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem — while talking to the media on Thursday — threw the ball in judiciary’s court, saying that the high court could look into the matter under the law.

In a press release, issued a day after the PML-N news briefing, judge Malik stated that his comments in the video were pieced together, presented out of context and that he had never faced intimidation to rule against former PM Nawaz.

On July 11, the Supreme Court was moved to launch an inquiry into the video scandal that had been broken during a PML-N-led news conference the previous week.

A constitutional petition, submitted by Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza through his lawyer Chaudhry Munir Sadiq at the top court, named the federal government, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nasir Butt and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as respondents.

The petition urged court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against all the entities involved in the scandal.