Noting that one who gives and accepts bribe goes to hell,Pakistan’s Supreme Court today wrapped up its suo motu case involving Chief Justice’s son Arsalan Iftikhar and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain and asked government’s top attorney to take strict legal action.
The case involved alleged payment of Rs 342.5 million by Hussain to Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son.
A two-judge bench comprising Justices Jawwad Khawaja and Khilji Arif Hussain ordered Attorney General Irfan Qadir to proceed according to the law and take action against Hussain,his London-based son-in-law Salman Khan and Arsalan.
The bench disposed of the case after issuing a short order,which said that the three men had the right to a transparent trial.
The apex court ruled that Hussain,the founder of the real estate firm Bahria Town,had acknowledged that he had tried to buy justice by giving bribes but had shown no regret for his actions.
“The ones who give and the ones who accept bribes,both will go to hell,” the order said.
The Chief Justice initiated suo motu proceedings against his son last week but subsequently recused himself from the case after facing criticism from legal experts and political parties.
Questions have also been raised about Arsalan’s business interests worth Rs 900 million,especially as he was unemployed till a few years ago.
In a statement submitted to the Supreme,the tycoon said his relatives,including his son-in-law,had paid a total of Rs 342.5 million to the Chief Justice’s son.
Hussain further alleged that he was being blackmailed by the Chief Justice’s son.
The payments were allegedly made to influence cases in the apex court involving Bahria Town.
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