ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of leaked judge’s video scandal case till July 23, asking for suggestions of Attorney General regarding constitution of a probe commission into the controversy.
A three-judge Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday took up the video scandal case involving Accountability Judge Arshad Malik.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Asif Khosa said: “There’s no doubt that what the judge [in the leaked video] said were extraordinary statements. If the Supreme court gives its judgement then the case under Accountability court will definitely get affected”.
He asserted that the case did not focus on the authenticity of leaked video, but on the misconduct of judge Arshad Malik.
The court then put off hearing till July 23.
Earlier in the hearing session, Chief Justice affirmed that judiciary neither gets influenced by anyone nor takes the suggestion of any person while taking actions.
“Whatever the court has to do, it will do by itself and not anyone’s demands. The judicial system does not run on anyone’s behest. The search of truth has been a universal motive even before the arrival of men onto face of the earth”, CJP Asif Khosa remarked while addressing Petitioner Ishtiaq Mirza’s lawyer Munir Sadiq.
It is to be noted that a citizen of Islamabad named, Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza had filed the petition in SC, insisting the superior court to order an investigation of the purported video and take action against those involved.
The petition viewed that the inquiry will respond to questions raised on the judiciary’s dignity, respect and independence and insisted the court investigating the matter at all cost.
The petition made the federal government, Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi and Raja Zafar Ul Haq while the main character of the video Judge Arshad Malik and Nasir Butt also made the respondents in the petition.