Revoking the investigation of Arsalan Iftikhar case from National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered to form a judicial commission to investigate the matter.
A special two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain granted the appeal filed by Arsalan Iftikhar, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
It ruled that the controversy relating to allegations of an Rs342 million business deal between Arsalan and property tycoon Malik Riaz be probed by a judicial commission.
It further said that it was not satisfied with NAB’s inquiry and that only the commission will continue to probe into the scandal.
The verdict had empowered the attorney general to act in accordance with the law and bring all culprits to the book.
Earlier on Tuesday, the court after completing the proceedings on Dr Arsalan Iftikhar’s review petition had reserved the verdict.
Attorney General Irfan Qadir in light of the supreme court verdict ordered the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) headed by Director General of NAB’s Financial Crimes Investigation Wing Kauser Iqbal Malik to look into the matter.
But the court had stopped the JIT from investigating Arsalan Iftikhar’s case on August 2.
Counsel for Arsalan Advocate Sardar Muhammad Ishaq requested the court to order the transfer of the case from NAB to any other independent agency or commission which should carry out the inquiry without any influence from Malik Riaz and the federal government.
“This will ensure transparency and fairness,” he said, adding that his client had no faith in the NAB inquiry.
When Advocate Ishaq requested the court to appoint a judge for the inquiry, Justice Hussain said if the lawyer did not trust anyone should the court call someone from abroad.
Advocate Zahid Bokhari, representing Malik Riaz, opposed the idea of constituting a commission to look into the allegations.
Earlier, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken suo motu notice and summoned his son along with Bahria Town’s chief after media reported that Arsalan Iftikhar had received up to Rs 400 million from Malik Riaz to influence judicial proceedings in the apex court.