Supreme Court announces verdict in video scandal case
The Supreme Court of Pakistan announced on Friday its verdict on judge Arshad Malik video scandal case and affirmed that five aspects of the matter needed to be analyzed.
The verdict was announced by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa. The petitions were heard by a three-member bench comprising Justice Khosa, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed. In the written order, which was posted on the Supreme Court website, the CJP raised five issues regarding the case.
Five Aspects Of The Judge Arshad Malik Video Case
Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa stated that the first matter was of the forum or court which would be relevant in determination of the verdict regarding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s conviction. The second matter pertains to whether the video was original or fake while the third is of the platform which would determine the authenticity of the video. Fourth aspect is of the judge’s conduct and the fifth one is of the effects of the footage.
The Islamabad High Court will decide whether or not he is guilty of misconduct.
Judge Arshad Malik had sentenced former premier Nawaz Sharif to jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, had alleged that the accountability court judge was pressured into sentencing the former PM.
During a charged-up press conference on July 6, Maryam Nawaz had claimed the judge was blackmailed into convicting Nawaz Sharif without any evidence and had admitted the same. According to her, Judge Arshad Malik had himself called PML-N leader Nasir Butt to his house to clear his conscience. She had also shown a video clip from their meeting.
Judge Arshad Malik, however, had said the video clip was not representative of their conversation. He had said it was cut and edited and was created to malign his image. The judge had said the PML-N, more notably Nawaz Sharif’s family, tried to bribe him during the former prime minister’s trial and when he didn’t cooperate, they threatened him.
On July 12, the IHC acting chief justice had asked the Ministry of Law to remove Judge Malik from his position as an accountability court judge until an investigation into the video scandal was completed.
The IHC said the disclosures made by the judge in his earlier press release and affidavit with regard to the video scandal “constitute acts of misconduct and violation of the code of conduct”.
“The disclosures and admissions made by Mr Mohammad Arshad Malik, prima facie, constitute acts of misconduct and violation of the code of conduct, which warrant initiation of disciplinary proceedings against him,” read the IHC notification.
“Therefore, the honorable chief justice of this court has been pleased to order to place the said judicial officer under suspension and repatriate [him] to his parent department i.e. Lahore High Court, Lahore with immediate effect, for disciplinary proceedings to be conducted in accordance with law.” The judge was also summoned to the IHC and informed about the orders.