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SC seeks editor’s reply over registrar story

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought reply from a weekly magazine’s chief editor, Mohsin Beg, on the publication of a baseless news item regarding the Supreme Court registrar, who allegedly overstepped his jurisdiction by directly approaching foreign companies and sending them emails seeking information about personal finances related to Dr Arsalan Iftikhar case.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain is hearing the suo motu case regarding the publication of the news item against the registrar.

During the hearing, Production Pulse magazine’s editor, Rao Samar, appeared before the bench and stated that he had no role in selection of the contents of the magazine as it was the responsibility of another official who, he said, was in London.

The court questioned why the magazine’s editor had not published a clarification, which was issued by the registrar regarding the news item. Later, the hearing was adjourned for one week. Earlier, the Supreme Court was informed by its IT department that fake identity of its registrar had been used to seek tax returns and verification of receipts from UK companies which had provided services to Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. The registrar, the court was told, had informed the magazine about the use of his fake identity but they did not bother to publish an apology.

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