Pak SC issues contempt notice to Malik over steel firm probe

Last Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 19:15

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court today
issued a contempt notice to Interior Minister Rehman Malik for
"interfering" in a probe into alleged wrongdoing and financial
irregularities in a state-owned steel company and summoned him
to appear before it on December 24 to explain his actions.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry, which initiated suo motu proceedings after taking
note of a media report of alleged corruption in the Pakistan
Steel Mills, took exception to Malik`s decision to change the
officer probing the matter.

The bench said the minister`s action amounted to
interfering in the working of the judiciary.

It issued a contempt of court notice and summoned Malik
to appear in court on December 24 to explain his actions.

Malik recently transferred Federal Investigation Agency
(FIA) chief Tariq Khosa, who was conducting the probe into the
functioning of the steel mills, saying that the apex court was
not happy with his investigation.

Malik also appointed a new joint investigation team.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 19:15

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