He also accused the respondent of using slanderous and disparaging language in his interviews against him.The ex-CJP’s counsel also claimed Rs5 billion as damages for mental agony, torture, harassment, etc, caused to him and his family.
The amount recovered as damages shall be dedicated to an honourable cause for furtherance of a national institution and welfare of the downtrodden, the counsel added.Moreover, the erstwhile CJP pleaded the district and sessions judge to allow him to become a party in the proposed judicial commission (JC) demanded by the PTI chief to probe the alleged rigging in the last general elections.
“I make a categorical statement that PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s allegations of my involvement in rigging in general elections 2013 are not only false, baseless, yet defamatory, slanderous and are based on no evidence, therefore, action against Khan is called for under the law and if judicial commission is constituted, I be also allowed to become a party,” he added.
Iftikhar Chaudhry stated that as per his knowledge, so far no commission — in response to a letter by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights on August 3, 2014 addressed to the registrar of the Supreme Court to constitute a commission of enquiry under the Pakistan Commission of Enquiry Act, 1956 (Act No. VI of 1956) — had been constituted by the apex court.
If the commission was constituted, he be allowed to become a party so that he could prove that Imran Khan’s allegations of his involvement in rigging were false, baseless, defamatory and slanderous, and based on no evidence, he noted.
The ex-CJP maintained that in the proposal, which was available with the media about negotiations between the PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to resolve the controversy relating to rigging in the 2013 general elections, not a single term of reference was proposed to probe into the allegations against him (Iftikhar Chaudhry).
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