|Action to be taken against the defiant: CJ|
20 July 2012
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said that the court was no one’s enemy but action would be taken, in accordance with the law, against those who had became a hurdle in the implementation of court orders or defied them.
He said this while hearing a suo moto case of corruption in Haj arrangements in 2010 in which the Supreme Court was informed that Gilgit-Baltistan IG and former DG FIA Hussain Asghar had been suspended from service for not complying with the court orders. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, heard the suo moto case. In compliance with the court’s earlier order, Attorney General Irfan Qadir presented the notification pertaining to the suspension of the inspector general of police Gilgit-Baltistan. He submitted that the matter was brought to the notice of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, who ordered immediate action.
“Yesterday’s observation of the Supreme Court was brought to the notice of the prime minister who was gracious enough to direct the secretary establishment to take prompt action in the matter,” the AG submitted in his written statement. “I have been informed that Hussain Asghar has now been placed under suspension,” he added.
The court on Wednesday had given the attorney general time till Thursday to ensure the transfer to the Federal Investigation Agency of former DG FIA Hussain Asghar, who was previously an investigation officer in the Haj scam. The bench also observed that Hussain Asghar could have been brought back to the FIA the same evening if the government had sincerely taken steps in this regard. The court had directed Attorney General Irfan Qadir to consult the prime minister to return Asghar to the FIA and submit a compliance report by Thursday. Hussain Asghar is currently serving as IGP Gilgit-Baltistan and was formerly heading the FIA team investigating the Haj scam when he was appointed the IGP GB. He failed to appear before the court.
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