Bribery case against Khosa referred to Pakistan Bar Council
(The lawyer’s of Pakistan have shown themselves to be willing to take political action in the form of protests when pushed too far so good to keep an eye on the PBC for interesting news. V.)
From The Nation on The Web February 28, 2010
February 27, 2010 ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court has forwarded bribery case against former attorney general of Pakistan Sardar Latif Khan Khosa to the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).
A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mian Shakir Ullah Jan announced its judgement here on Friday. The bench also directed the PBC to decide the case within 30 days.
Dr Mazhar Jamal, in an affidavit on September 2009, appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that Mr Khosa took Rs 30 million from her husband for securing a court decision in his favour but that did not happen. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Peshawar convicted her husband, Hamid Maghfoor, in a corruption case a few years back. After that Maghfoor moved the apex court for relief.
Syed Ali Zafar, Counsel for Khosa, argued that only PBC was entitled to take action against any lawyer under legal practitioners. The PBC Act 1973 is the only rule for conducting proceedings against the lawyers, who are allegedly involved in bribery, crime, malpractice, misbehaving and others by their clients or someone else, the learned counsel further argued.
However, the court remarked that there was something serious in shape of allegations being levelled against the judges of superior judiciary. “The court is entitled to take action against any lawyer under the apex court rules 1980,” the court observed.
The Attorney General of Pakistan argued that the court should not hear the case even if it was entitled to do so and leave the issue to PBC. As the Attorney General concluded his arguments, Justice Shakir reserved the judgement on 22nd February.
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