Yet another suo motu! This time, it is against Mallik Riaz. Yes, “Chief Sahib” has issued suo motu warrants against Riaz Mallik for posing three questions which are indeed three allegations about his complicity in the corruption/extortion of his son.
There is nothing wrong in issuing a suo motu notice to a person who has been guilty of contempt of court. After all, this is what “Chief Sahib” has been doing since the PPP-led government took over four years ago. He has done all he could to undermine the elected government and roll back democracy in Pakistan. But this time it is different. Why should he have taken a suo motu notice of an incident in which he is the only party accused of malpractice? What law gives him authority to do so? Another judge should have done the job. Even “Chief Sahib” could have requested or commanded one of his judicial acolytes to take a suo motu action against Mallik Riaz. But he did not. Why?
The answer is very simple. “Chief Sahib” probably knew that after Aitzaz Ahsan’s statement (that six months ago, he told “Chief Sahib” about his son’s involvement in extortion, but he took no action) and Mallik Riaz’s allegation at a press conference that this man is a criminal himself. He knew in his heart that no judge, even if his shameless acolytes, would take a suo motu over Mallik Riaz’s press conference. This is why, he has done it himself. He has set a new world record in the judicial history where a Chief Justice takes a suo motu notice on his own behalf!
It is clear “Chief Sahib” has gone mad. He very insecure too. He is unfit to continue to head Pakistan’s superior-most court. He is a danger to the country and to everyone whom he decides to designate as his enemy. President Zardari should refer him to psychiatrist evaluation before it is too late.
(Ikhtiar Hussain is a human rights activist who lives in Bronx in New York. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org)