ISLAMABAD During the hearing of ZAB reference, Babar Awan, the federations counsel, made startling revelations that deposed prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had been assassinated while the court had yet to decide his fate. The counsel said that later ZABs dead body was hanged following a biased ruling from the court. He said he could produce evidence to prove his claim. The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto case was closed in 1975 as there was no evidence, then how it was reopened after two years and asked the federation counsel to point out biasness in the case. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, heading an 11-member bench hearing the presidential reference, asked Babar Awan, They were persuading you to point out the element of biasness. The CJ observed that during hearing, many things have revealed to the court, adding, We would not let the facts remain hidden. The court directed Advocate General Punjab Khawaja Haris, who was present in the court, to provide FIR and supplementary reports of the investigation related to ZAB murder from Ichra Police Station and also ordered him to give Punjab governments response that whether the Shafi-ur-Rehman report should be made public or not. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja questioned how a case that was 'consigned to record in December 1975 was revived in 1977. He observed that the police closed the case because they did not find anything substantial in it. The chief justice remarked that there was register of maintaining the record of cases. Justice Jawwad asked the ex-minister that if he didnt find Register 9, which contains the ZAB case record, then find out FIR No 402. He said there must be permanent record in Ichra Police Station, Lahore. Justice Javed Iqbal asked the learned counsel that if had provided the supplementary reports of investigation then there was no need of other things, because whatever you had read from various record could be supporting. The chief justice said they would examine the supplementary reports. Babar Awan in his passionate style stated that it had been proved that Bhuttos murder was custodial killing. He said that Benazir Bhutto had mentioned this fact in her book 'Daughter of the East. Justice Jawwad told him we need to look all the things dispassionately and objectively and have to answer the question asked in the presidential reference. The former minister stated that Acting Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Maulvi Mushtaq Ahmed in reply to Bhuttos application regarding judges biasness had written in his order: We have taken your application and made it part of the record and it would be disposed of after the trial. The court expressing concern over it asked Babar how many applications were submitted by ZAB. The ex-minister replied, Bhutto wrote four applications. One on 05-10-77 CMA 930/77 regarding maintainability, second application (CMA 933/77) on the same day about the biased attitude of the judges, third (CMA Nil) was written on 05-11-77 regarding no expectation of fair trial, while the fourth one was written to the then acting governor Punjab, which was very comprehensive, describing all the facts about the case. The court asked Babar Awan better make point of biasness out of the order. The federation counsel stated that manipulating record was the worst bias. He said the judges said: For the interest of justice we would conduct the proceedings of Bhutto case in-camera and passed an order in that regard on 24-10-78 and on 25-10-78 passed another order for its justification. He said Bhutto counsel was even declined copy ZABs statement that he gave in the court. The chief justice inquired from Babar was their any conflict between Justice (retd) Maulvi Mushtaq and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Babar informed the court that Maulvi Mushtaq was twice superseded during the tenure of ZAB. Tariq Mehmood, amicus curiae, quoting from Hamid Ali Khans book said that when Maulvi Mushtaq was superseded he left the country and for two years lived in Switzerland. He came back when there was Martial Law in the country. Justice Aslam Riaz, who was junior to seven judges of the Lahore High Court, was made the CJ, as was friend of Yahya Bakhtiar, ZAB counsel. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said when these kinds of things would happen in the judiciary and the judges, with whom injustices had been done, had supported dictators in the past and might do so in future. He said weak judges might still side with a dictator if such eventuality arises in future. Justice Javed Iqbal said that they have blocked the dictators way. Tariq Mehmood also said that miscarriage of justice had been done with Bhutto. He said there was examples in India where its Supreme Court had reversed its own judgment. He said that things should be done in accordance with law. Babar Awan informed the bench that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was also interested to observe the proceeding of ZAB reference. The chief justice said if he would, we would welcome him. Earlier, Babar Awan informed the court that Masood Mehmood, who was one of the main accused, confessed of committing murder before the High Court. The CJP said that Masood made confession of attack on Asghar Khan at Railway Station and not in Bhutto case, adding the confession was not made in the High Court but before a magistrate. Babar Awan said that the court concealed half of the facts and the chief martial law administrator exercised the power of area magistrate. He said Masood Mehmood should not have been believed, as his statement is not credible. The case was adjourned for Wednesday.