Pakistan

SC reserves verdict on Hussain Nawaz’s objection to recording of JIT proceedings

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the application of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz seeking restraining order against recording of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s sessions probing the money laundering allegations against the Sharif family, ARY News reported.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan – a special bench constituted to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers – had taken up the application seeking probe into the leaked photo of Hussain Nawaz depicting him before a grilling session with the JIT.

The applicant’s counsel, Khawaja Haris, contended that the JIT’s sessions shouldn’t be filmed as it was an unconstitutional act. “If video recording of the JIT sessions was leaked, the consequences would be far worse than those of the photo leak,” he said while pointing to the aftermath of the photo leak of the PM’s son.

A member of the bench asked what damage the photo leak depicting the applicant sitting on a chair had caused to him. The bench insisted that the JIT proceedings were being recorded to ensure transparency in the investigation process.

When asked, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf supported the contention of Hussain’s lawyer saying recording of the JIT proceedings was not permitted by law.

Hussain Nawaz had filed the application seeking the formation of a commission to investigate the leak of his photograph.

The JIT in its inquiry report rejected the allegations leveled against the probing team in connection with the leaking of Hussain’s photo. However, it assured that punitive action would be taken against any individual suspected of involvement in the incident.

The bench asked the attorney general to look into the JIT’s allegations and submit his response by tomorrow (Thursday).

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