ISLAMABAD: More than a month after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faisal Raza Abidi’s outburst at the country’s top judges, the Supreme Court has finally taken notice of his comments made against the Chief Justice, official sources told Dawn.com on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the Supreme Court Registrar Fakir Hussain, on the instructions of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, has sent a letter to Federal Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddiq Akbar, Director General (DG) Federal Investigative Authority (FIA) Muhammad Anwar Virk, and the Inspector General (IG) Islamabad Police Bin Yamin, ordering the three officials to conduct an inquiry against the PPP senator’s alleged ‘malicious campaign against the judiciary’ and the Chief Justice.
In the letter, the SC Registrar has directed the officials to investigate whether Abidi’s comments were made in a deliberate attempt to malign the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court.
The registrar has also ordered the officials to submit a report to the Registrar office within seven days.
Earlier in August, Faisal Raza Abidi had hurled serious allegations against judges at a press conference, claiming “a judicial martial-law has been imposed in the country.”
The firebrand PPP senator had made allegations of prejudice against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, and had demanded resignations of the reinstated judges who had taken oaths under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).
Moreover, he alleged the chief justice’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar, of indulging in financial impropriety. Abidi also claimed that PPP stalwart Aitzaz Ahsan had brought to the CJ’s attention that Arsalan’s bank accounts carried the address of the CJ’s official residence.
The senator said his party was being targeted by the court while cases against the PPP’s opponents had been granted stay orders.
Later that month, the PPP dissociated itself from Abidi’s anti-judiciary rhetoric, issuing him a notice for violating party discipline.