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Judge video scandal: SC disposes of Nawaz Sharif’s review petition, leaves matter to IHC

Judge video scandal: SC disposes of Nawaz Sharif’s review petition, leaves matter to IHC
December 10, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday disposed of the review petition of the convicted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the video scandal, leaving the matter to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Hearing the petition, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that they had written in the verdict that there was no room for their interference in the matter. He remarked that the court had not taken the suo motu of the matter. “How should we admit that the judiciary suffered a loss?” The chief justice remarked that the IHC is free to decide on the video scandal. “We have already given what is being demanded by the Nawaz Sharif’s counsel. It has been written in the verdict that several investigations need investigations,” he ruled. On August 23, the Supreme Court had dismissed all the petitions against former accountability court judge Arshad Malik. Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa read the verdict against judge Arshad Malik. The SC had stated, “The learned Attorney-General has assured the Court that the said Judge shall be repatriated to the Lahore High Court, Lahore immediately and we expect that after his repatriation appropriate departmental disciplinary proceedings shall be initiated against him by the Lahore High Court, Lahore forthwith." “It may not be an appropriate stage for this Court to interfere in the matter of the relevant video and its effects, particularly when the said video may have relevance to a criminal appeal presently sub judice before the Islamabad High Court, Islamabad. “A criminal investigation is already being conducted into the matter by the Federal Investigation Agency, some other offences or illegalities under some other laws referred to by the learned Attorney General might also entail inquiries or investigations by the competent agencies or fora and any probe into the matter by a Commission to be constituted by the Government or by this Court may end up only with an opinion which may have no relevance or admissibility in the relevant appeal pending before the Islamabad High Court, Islamabad.
Video leak controversy
On July 6, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif, released alleged recorded video related to Judge Arshad Malik. Maryam Nawaz claimed that the person showed in the video during the meeting with Arshad Malik is lover of Nawaz Sharif. Nasir Butt met with the accountability court judge at his residence.