*ISLAMABAD: **Supreme Court’s first response surfaces over Judge Arshad Malik video scandal.*
Supreme Court on Friday admitted a petition for preliminary hearing filed a day earlier requesting a thorough investigation into the controversial secretly taped video of the judge.
The development comes minutes after the Law Ministry barred Malik from serving as an accountability court judge after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) requested his removal over the Videogate scandal.
It is for the first time in the tenure of Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa that the top court has entertained constitutional petition without raising any objections and fixed the plea for hearing on July 17. A three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, will conduct the hearing.
The petition was moved by Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza through his counsel Chaudhry Munir Sadiq on Thursday asking the court to take notice of the controversial video “targeting the judiciary” released by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz.
Last week, Maryam flanked by senior most party leaders had unveiled a video in news conference showing Islamabad Accountability Court-II Judge Arshad Malik confessing before a PML-N worker Nasir Butt that he was pressured into convicting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia case.