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Pak CJ quits bench hearing son’s case

Pakistan’s Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on Thursday recused himself from a case against his son Arsalan Iftikhar, who allegedly received up to Rs 400 million from tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain to influence cases in the apex court.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2012 23:47 IST

Pakistan’s Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on Thursday recused himself from a case against his son Arsalan Iftikhar, who allegedly received up to Rs 400 million from tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain to influence cases in the apex court.

The chief justice made the decision when a three-judge bench headed by him resumed hearing the suo moto case against his son on Thursday.

Attorney general Irfan Qadir again objected to the chief justice’s inclusion in the bench, saying it amounted to a conflict of interest.

The chief justice, who has been criticised by legal experts for taking up the case against his son, subsequently acknowledged that the attorney general’s objection and preliminary arguments had made him come to the conclusion that he should disassociate himself from the matter.

“The Quran says you are responsible for your own actions, not your children’s... We have faith and believe in Allah,” the chief justice said.

Saying that a special bench would be formed to hear the case, he left the courtroom.