LAHORE – MIAN DAWOOD - Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir on Monday criticised the role of apex court in the Arsalan Iftikhar case and suggested to call a Scotland Yard team to probe the case if country’s institutions were not trustworthy for the judiciary.

Talking to reporters on the Lahore High Court (LHC) premises, Asma alleged the Supreme Court was not meeting the requirements of delivery of justice in the case against Arsalan Iftikhar, son of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The former SCBA president also criticised the Supreme Court’s decision of appointing Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Shoaib Suddle as the one man-commission to probe the case.

She alleged the apex court wanted investigations in its favour as Suddle had close ties with the chief justice’s son and could not be trusted to conduct a transparent investigation.

“The Supreme Court should ask the Scotland Yard to conduct the investigation of Arsalan Iftikhar case, if it has no confidence in the national institutions,” she suggested. She said the law of benefit of doubt should be given to Dr Arsalan; however, the law should be treated equally for public.

Criticising the court’s decision, she said if there were any questions over the NAB investigating team, then the team could have been changed instead of changing the whole verdict.

She hoped that the Supreme Court would achieve its exalted status by providing justice to the public; however, she added there were numerous reservations in connection with the Arsalan Iftikhar case.