The case has been mounted for listening to by a three-judge bench of the apex court docket led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa on July 16.
The court docket has issued notices to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafarul Haq, and others.
The Supreme Court docket took up the case on a petition submitted by a citizen named Ishtiaq Ahmed, who appealed to the apex court docket for an impartial judicial inquiry of the video scandal.
Earlier on Friday, the federal authorities relieved Arshad Malik from his duties as a decide of the accountability court docket on a request by the Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) following his alleged involvement within the controversial video scandal.
“The latest growth i.e. releasing of movies, issuing of press launch by the Registrar, Accountability Court docket-II, Islamabad and affidavit submitted by the incumbent decide narrating his variations require his quick elimination. He could also be eliminated/relieved from his duties by the competent authority,” the IHC had requested the federal government in a letter to the Ministry of Regulation and Justice.
Federal Minister for Regulation and Justice Farogh Nasim confirmed the decide’s elimination from duties in a press convention in Islamabad right here right now.
“The regulation ministry has stopped decide Arshad Malik from performing his duties for now,” Regulation Minister Farogh Nasim instructed reporters on the press convention.
He mentioned the decide claimed in his affidavit submitted to the IHC that he had issued the decision within the Al-Azizia corruption case with none strain of intimidation. “The regulation ministry and authorities are standing by the judiciary. The federal government won’t victimise anybody or take sides however won’t tolerate manipulation of judiciary both,” he added.
Earlier within the day, decide Malik had written a letter to the IHC refuting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Maryam Nawaz’s allegations and the video purportedly exhibiting him admitting to an absence of proof in opposition to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif within the Al-Azizia Metal Mills reference. The accountability court docket decide had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail in the identical corruption case in December.
Within the affidavit submitted to the IHC, Malik denied the contents of the video and termed them as edited, fabricated, and produced with an goal to defame him.
In response to an IHC spokesperson, appearing IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq obtained decide Malik’s letter after which determined to request the regulation ministry to take away him from the put up.
The spokesperson additional mentioned that, on the orders of IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, decide Malik’s affidavit and letter has been made a part of Nawaz Sharif’s acquittal plea. Sources mentioned the IHC chief justice had summoned decide Malik two to a few instances and questioned him relating to the controversy.
Sources mentioned decide Malik was requested about assembly PML-N employee Nasir Butt and others, nonetheless, he did not fulfill the chief justice together with his solutions.
Choose Malik had been listening to the faux banks accounts case in opposition to former president Asif Ali Zardari, the rental energy case in opposition to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, and references in opposition to former prime minister Shaukat Aziz.
The decide was additionally listening to a number of different Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) references as nicely.
Final week, the opposition PML-N launched a video clip purportedly exhibiting decide Malik allegedly admitting to an absence of proof in opposition to Nawaz Sharif within the Al-Azizia Metal Mills corruption case.
Maryam alleged that the decide had contacted Nasir Butt, a PML-N employee, and instructed him that he was feeling responsible and having nightmares ever since he introduced the decision that led to Nawaz Sharif’s imprisonment. The decide was “blackmailed” into handing down the sentence in opposition to Nawaz Sharif after some individuals threatened that they’d launch a non-public video of his, she alleged.
She claimed the decide was underneath immense strain to ship the previous prime minister to jail, and that he had contemplated committing suicide a number of instances since. She mentioned the decide didn’t write the decision however “was made to put in writing” the jail sentence for Nawaz Sharif.
Responding to the allegations, the accountability court docket decide has known as the video introduced by the PML-N as faux and fallacious. He has demanded authorized motion in opposition to these concerned in producing the video tape.