Islamabad (October 03, 2017): The Supreme Court (SC) will resume Imran Khan’s disqualification case today.
The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear Hanif Abbasi’s petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan for alleged concealing of offshore company and asset and receiving party funds from prohibited sources.
The petitioner seeks disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for not disclosing their assets, ownership of offshore companies and the party’s foreign funding.During previous hearing of the petition, Imran Khan’s lawyer Naeem Bokhari had told the court that PTI chief’s former wife Jemima had gifted Rs 6.5m to her then husband and the money was returned. The court asked that documents of bank transactions be provided to prove the same.
Bokhari had presented a letter sent by Jemima via email before the bench, verifying that Khan had returned 562,000 pounds.The chief justice had remarked that Bokhari had not disclosed before court that Khan’s ex-wife Jemima had given Rs 6.5 million as a gift to him.
At this, Naeem Bukhari had said that monetary exchange between wife and husband did not qualify as a loan and financial issues between the two were personal matters.
The chief justice had observed that the allegation against Imran Khan was that he acquired the Bani Gala property through money laundering, which the PTI chief had denied.Chief Justice Saqib Nisar asked where were the details regarding the transfer of the sum from Jemima’s account and the return of that sum from Imran Khan’s account? Bokhari said Jemima had received 562,000 pounds, to which Justice Umar Atta Bandial asked for documents proving the same.
The chief justice had observed that Khan had so far provided money trail of only three payments, including those of $33,000, $270,000 and 20,000 pounds.Documents showing money had travelled from the account of Niazi Services Limited (NSL), Khan’s offshore company, to Jemima’s account could fill the gaps in the money trail, Justice Nisar had observed.
Bokhari recalled that the court had also sought answers to two other questions in the last hearing: why Imran Khan had not declared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) the presence of 75,000 British pounds in Barclays Private Bank and Trust Ltd; and if the funds had been transferred from one account to the other, why the bank statement of 2003 was not presented.Bokhari had argued that it was the job of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and not the ECP to inquire about the income, assets and liabilities.
Chief Justice Nisar asked the counsel whether the 75,000 pounds did not constitute Khan’s assets. Bokhari replied in negative.
“We reject the allegation that the money was remitted as a gift to evade tax,” he had said.