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NAB chief tried to malign the judiciary: CJ Iftikhar

20 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday remarked that Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari's letter to the president was meant to malign the judiciary.

A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, resumed hearing in the contempt of court case against the chairman NAB.

The chief justice observed that Bokhari's letter to the president was meant for attacking and maligning the judiciary in which the public had much confidence.Submitting his client's reply to the court, Navid Rasool Mirza told the court that Fasih Bokhari had a professional career and he not only respected the court from the core of heart, but also took part in the lawyers' movement for the restoration of independent judiciary. He told the court that Admiral Bokhari wrote the letter to the president in his individual capacity.

"It was a communication between two the individuals not meant for the press and the chairman NAB had no intentions to malign the judiciary," the counsel said, adding, "The contents of the letter were only issued to the Media Cell of the anti-graft body." "How can you say this, you yourself let go the letter to the media and you have admitted that you have issued the letter for what reasons we don't know," Justice Gulzar told the learned counsel.

The chief justice asked the lawyer how the media got a copy of the letter and how a secret document leaked out from the personal computer of chairman NAB. Mirza replied that the NAB's media cell committed this negligence.

The CJP said though the NAB chairman had admitted the contents of the letter, the court issued him a simple notice and not the show-cause notice. The chief justice said the Supreme Court supported free, fair, impartial and timely elections in the country and it was not an obstacle in the way of polls.

"You should realise first being the officer of this court and then as a counsel for your client as to how your client tried to malign the institution of judiciary," the chief justice told the counsel.

The chief justice further said if the chairman NAB had used the name of chief justice or any judge of the apex court, the court might not have taken notice of it being in the individual capacity but the chairman maligned the whole judiciary.

In a light tone, the chief justice recalled that his photo was waved in the open court the other day, showing him taking oath from Pervez Musharraf. However, he said he did not take notice of that matter being in the personal capacity.We are the institution, a driving force from the Constitution," the Chief Justice added and adjourned the hearing till today (Wednesday).


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