"My lord, care to absolve yourself innocent of all allegations?"
A lot is being said these days about “Fake Degrees” and the political black sheep sitting in our assemblies. The media is leading the campaign to cleanse the assemblies and our honorable judges are providing the needed fire power. There is even a scorecard with PML-N leading while PML-Q and PPP competing for the second spot.
Now, I would like to ask our honorable judges a simple question. Why is a person not competent to sit in the assemblies if he has a forged degree when a sitting judge was forgiven for reimbursing money (proven to be deposited to his “bank account”) that came of forged petrol bills? Yes, I am talking about the Chief Justice of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
If I remember correctly; copies of the forged bills along with the receipt of the deposit to his (Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry) bank account were provided to the court. The judges initially refused to admit the charge sheet in the court. Later on, they dismissed the reference case on technical grounds.
For those of us who don’t understand legal matters; the reference was dismissed on the basis that the allegations made were with mala fide intent and hence the court never looked into the authenticity of these allegations. One honorable judge (Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday) is said to have remarked in a private function that “if we catch him (Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry) on fake petrol bills now; then we’ll all be caught later (because of our fake petrol bills)”. Mr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday was the head of the bench hearing the CJ reference and has been rewarded by the CJ by appointment as an adhoc judge of the supreme court.
Now how is the “Fake Degrees” suo moto case different from the “Fake Petrol Bill” case? The fake degrees holders are being disqualified while the fake petrol bill holder was reinstated as the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Obviously, the Fake Degree holders must be punished but so must the Fake Petrol Bill judges in order to maintain balance.