Islamabad, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar observed Tuesday that every document submitted by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI), Chairman Imran Khan related to Bani Gala mansion had discrepancies.
A three member bench led by CJP conducted the proceeding of Imran Khan’s disqualification case. The CJP said that court would review every point, separately. He said that SC could also order to investigate or conduct inquiry about disputed facts.
Naeem Bukhari, the counsel of PTI chief Imran Khan admitted that a record of $100,000 pertaining to Bani Gala property was not found.
Justice Nisar pointed out that there was no documentary evidence that Imran Khan had borrowed money from Jemima and then returned it to her later for the purchase of Bani Gala mansion.
“Where are the receipts of the transactions that prove that the PTI chief borrowed money from Jemima and returned it to her later?” he asked. He said there was no mentioning of Rashid Ali Khan in the first reply submitted by Imran Khan.
The court further stated that Imran was supposed to disclose the loan in the nomination papers that he had filed before the general elections of 2002, since the loan was a liability. “Imran Khan will have to prove that he borrowed the amount from Jemima,” said the chief justice.
Naeem Bokhari, Imran’s counsel, stated in response to a question raised by the court that Jemima had transferred the money to Imran via the couple’s mutual friend Rashid since he was an employee of CitiBank and could convert the money before handing it to Imran.
He said $285,000 were transferred to Rashid from Jemima. The court demanded that money trail pertaining to the Bani Gala transaction amounting to $126,000 was missing.
In response, Bokhari replied that records of transactions amounting to $16,000 and $5,000 conducted between Jemima and Rashid were available. However, he conceded that a transaction amounting to $100,000 was missing.
The chief justice stated that documents submitted in court by Imran Khan were not acceptable since they were photocopies and not original.
Meanwhile, Akram Sheikh, the counsel for Hanif Abbasi, argued that in the documents the name of the person who sent the amount was stated as J. Khan. He said lawyer of Imran Khan was presenting documents on the basis of like and dislike. He said a computer receipt and oath statement of Rashid Khan has been removed. He said the SC was not recording the evidences.
Akram Sheikh further said that some documents relating to non-resident of Imran Khan have been submitted.
Upon this CJP said that if some additional stance was adopted than the copy will has to be provided to the other party.
Akram Sheikh said “J.Khan could also be Jahangir Khan”. “The J. Khan transaction has been proved,” he added.
He said that Citi Bank had closed down its operations in Pakistan in 2006 hence the authenticity of the documents was questionable. “Habib Bank had taken control of CitiBank’s affairs. The records can be obtained from Habib Bank as well,” he added. Hearing of the case was adjourned till 26 September.