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SC orders investigation into journalist harassment case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Gujranwala SSP Crime Branch to investigate a case in which a journalist was reportedly harassed by the police. The court also ordered him to submit a report before the court.

A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Jawad S Khwaja, gave this direction when it was hearing a suo motu case.

Punjab Additional Advocate General Qazi Muhammad Amin submitted before the court that a private TV channel reporter had made a fake footage of an incident involving one Muhammad Younas, who was allegedly stripped by the police.

He submitted that the fake footage was made by reporter Hafiz Shahid Munir the next day of the incident. He informed the court that the chief executive of the province had ordered formation of a three-member probe committee, which, in its report, submitted that it was not impossible to make a citizen naked and to make his footage while the case was filed against the said reporter intentionally.

He further submitted that the allegations levelled by the reporter against Justice (retd) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, brother of Zulfiqar Cheema, that some 10, 000 bags of wheat had been recovered from his house were totally baseless which was also contradicted by the committee, constituted by the Punjab chief minister as well as DDOR Syed Sibt-e-Hassan.

At this, the chief justice said that he knows Justice (retd) Iftikhar Cheema since long and he was very honest and a man of good character. The chief justice further said any action taken on the findings of the committee report should be provided to the court.

Source: The News

Date:6/23/2009