Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Faisal Raza Abidi.—File Photo

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 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.

Serious allegations

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.

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Sep 20, 2012 08:29am
now lets see what will be the action of faisal raza abidi but he is brave person i know him personally...
Hasan Masroor
Sep 20, 2012 03:33am
Lets hope Faisal Raza gets his day in the court and the truth about CJ comes to light, if the CJ is found guilty on any count he should resign and if faisal Raza can not prove his case he should be punished.
Sep 20, 2012 03:03am
Where you seek a hole there is no hole Freedom of Speech....Courts cannot accept or tolerate. Contempt of truth...
ejaz ali
Sep 19, 2012 08:16pm
I think its high time for the judiciary to come hands clean and prove it.
marghoob ahmed siddiqui
Sep 19, 2012 06:56pm
Matter must be inquired thoroughly if this is his own action or some one more powerful is behind all this. If there is something concrete against any judge the best thing is to go to Judicial Council rather than making judiciary a laughing stock.
Sep 19, 2012 06:31pm
When man like this are sitting on top of Pakistan then God belss this country or in Musahraf's words " Iss Muluk kaa Khuda hee Hafiz".
Balor Azad
Sep 19, 2012 04:10pm
Faisal Raza Abidi a great man, speaking truth against a a judge.
Sep 19, 2012 04:08pm
SC must also investigate his allegations too, of course, they will not, because they know there is some truth in it?