Journalist wins case
ISLAMABAD: A Lahore court has decreed against a private TV channel for violating a contract signed with its former Director News Absar Alam and has ordered the channel and its management to immediately pay off his dues with interest and the income tax payment certificate.
In this decision, the court of Civil Judge Syed Faheem Shahid, also dismissed a false claim of Rs222 million (Rs.22 crores) filed against Absar to pressurize him to withdraw the case. In addition to payment of outstanding dues, the court has also ordered to pay plaintiff additional amount equivalent to 14 percent of the total dues as compensation. The court also declared the denial to pay a working journalist’s dues as “malafide.”
“Due to the defendant’s malafide in making this payment, the defendants must also pay the accrued profit/mark-up for the default period at the rate of 14 % per year starting from 25.05.2009 till date,” the court order said. The court has also ordered the issuance of tax payment certificate to the plaintiff for the period he had worked with the private channel.
Absar Alam filed the case in December 2009 in the Civil Court Lahore. His lawyers are filing an execution petition for the implementation of this order which contains a plea to freeze all moveable and immoveable assets of the private channel including their bank accounts till the payment of dues, interest and the income tax certificate.