Why Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rescued himself from Hudabiya Papers Mills case


ISLAMABAD:Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa recused himself on Monday from the three-member bench that was tohear the appeal of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the decision of the Lahore High Court quashing the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family.

As the hearing began, Justice Khosa remarked that it could be the fault of the court office that the case was put up in front of him, as he had already spoken his mind on the subject in the Panama Papers case and it would thus not be appropriate for him to adjudicate the case.

He observed further that he had written 14 paras on the Hudaibiya case in the April 20 judgment of the Panama case, adding that he had observed to reopen the case in his judgment and ordered NAB to reopen the case.

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Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. Photo: File

The bench, headed by Justice Khosa and comprising Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, was constituted on Friday.

It has now been disbanded and a new bench will be constituted by the chief justice.

During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor requested that the case should be taken up next week after formation of a new bench.

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