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Chaudhry opts out of panel probing son

Islamabad, June 7: Amid accusations of conflict of interest, Pakistan’s chief justice announced today that he was removing himself from a panel investigating corruption accusations against his son and announced the formation of a two-member bench to look into the claims.

The announcement by the chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was made as rumours surfaced that his son, Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had accepted bribes worth $3 million to $4 million from a powerful real estate tycoon with ties to the President, several leading politicians and the military.

Malik Riaz Hussain, the businessman, did not attend the court proceedings.

Today, Kamran Khan, one of the country’s most popular talk show hosts, told the court that Hussain showed him travel documents, credit card statements and details of Arsalan Chaudhry’s stays in London and on the Riviera.

Khan said that Hussain complained that despite spending so much money on the justice’s son, he could not win any support in 42 court cases.

 
 
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