Video leaks case: SC turns down Hussain Nawaz’s plea

 
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Islamabad June 20 (TNS): The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed prime minister’s elder son Hussain Nawaz’s application pleading Supreme Court to bar the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from recording the statements of people appearing before it in the Panama Papers case.

After a photo of Hussain Nawaz’s JIT appearance was leaked to the media, Hussain had approached the apex court requesting the court to bar the JIT from recording the proceedings of the investigation, fearing that like his picture, video recordings of the proceeding could also be leaked.

The Supreme Court, which had reserved the verdict on June 14, said in its judgment that the JIT was recording the statements of the persons for the purpose of accuracy while transcription of the recordings was to be done. The verdict said that using information technology for recording statements was not prohibited by the law and the JIT could make use of technology to set the record straight.

The court, however, said that the recording could not be furnished as evidence in the court. The court said that the application of Hussain Nawaz was unwarranted and unjustified and the JIT could not be barred from recording the proceedings.

Earlier, A three-member special implementation bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had heard the case filed by Hussain Nawaz.

During the course of the hearing, Advocate Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Hussain Nawaz had contended that video recording of JIT proceedings should not be allowed. He had alleged that JIT had no control over CCTV cameras, expressing concern over the leaking of his client’s picture. He had argued that after the photo of his client was leaked, it could not be ruled out that a video of the JIT proceedings may be leaked.

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