Judge suspended for taking Rs0.5m from Bol TV’s Shoab Sheikh

 
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Islamabad June 16 (TNS): Additional and Sessions Judge (AD&SJ)/West Islamabad Pervaizul-ul-Qadir Memon has been suspended for taking Rs0.5 million in bribe for acquittal of BOL TV’s CEO and chairman Shoab Ahmed Sheikh through a judgment dated 31-10-2016.

Shoab Shiek incarcerated behind bars for 15 months until he and 13 other co-accused were granted bail by the Sindh High Court on August 15, 2016.

The Axact scandal surfaced in May last year when The New York Times published a report that claimed the company sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools, making “tens of millions of dollars annually”. Subsequently the offices of Axact were sealed, its CEO and key officials were arrested and a probe was launched on the basis of the allegations leveled by The New York Times.

A notification issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Registrar said that “the Honorable Chief Justice has been pleased to place Mr. Pervaizul-ul-Qadir Memon (AD&SJ)/West Islamabad under suspension with immediate effect, owing to admitted receipt illegal gratification in case titled as “The State VS Shoib Ahmed Sheikh”.

The official inquiry order issued by the IHC said: “Whereas you, Mr. Pervaizul-ul-Qadir Memon, Addl. District and Sessions Judge (BPS-20) of the Islamabad Judicial Service/Accused Officer, committed an act of corruption by receiving illegal gratification to the tune of R0.5 million for acquittal of (Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh) through judgment dated 31-10-2016. Memon has been put under suspension and issued a show-cause notice citing the departmental promotion committee inquiry which has recommended removal of the additional judge from his post, and seeking a reply within 14 days. Memon immediately challenged the removal notice in the IHC.

When IHC judge Aamir Farooq took up the case for hearing, Hafiz Arafat and Kashfa Niazi appeared on behalf of Pervaizul-ul-Qadir Memon. The counsel argued that their client has committed no corruption and neither has he admitted to taking bribe. Memon through his counsel said that he was astonished to see the show-cause notice, which said “I have confessed to the wrongdoing”, with a warning of termination from service. When the judge inquired whether a person can be dismissed from service on the basis of an inquiry committee report, the counsel replied in affirmation. The judge after hearing the arguments reserved the judgment. The verdict is likely to be handed down soon.

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