Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah has issued show-cause notices to all the parties in suo moto notice over revelations made by the ex-CJ GB, Rana Shamim regarding Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.

The former CJ GB skipped court appearance, while his son appeared before the court on his behalf and pleaded the court to allow him to play a video in the courtroom.

Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Ansar Abbasi and others appeared before the court. At the outset of the hearing, CJ IHC, Justice Athar Minallah asked journalist Ansar Abbasi that his story has raised questions over the high court and asked him to read the headline of his story.

IHC CJ said that the court defended the rights of the masses without any fear, everyone is accountable in the court of law. “The judges of this court are accountable and face criticism,” Justice Minallah said, adding that if the people do not trust the judiciary, there will be chaos in society.

Justice Minallah asked Ansar Abbasi that why the former CJ GB remained silent for three years and what forced him to certify and stamp his statement from abroad. “You are an expert of carrying investigative stories, have you noted the issues,” the CJ IHC asked Abbasi.

He remarked Justice Aamir Farooq was not in the country when the bench was formed to hear Nawaz’s bail plea. “How can one chief justice say in front of others to commit a crime,” the IHC top judge remarked.

Rana Shamim remained silent for three years and then suddenly a suspicious statement on oath comes to the scene.

AGP Khalid Javed said that the statement on oath has scandalized the whole issue.

IHC CJ Justice Athar Minallah said that there is an impression that the statement of former judge Rana Shamim is a lie and issued show-cause notices to former CJ GB, Rana Shamim, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Ansar Abbasi and Aamir Ghouri and asked them to file their reply until November 24.

Later, the hearing was adjourned.

It is to be noted that the CJ IHC took notice of the matter after the name of a sitting HC judge also named in the controversy that took place after allegations of the former CJ GB.