ISLAMABAD - Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, will move the Supreme Court against Lahore High Court’s decision with the pray that instead of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) a commission, comprising parliamentarians, should be constituted to investigate Rs 7 billion ephedrine quota scam.

Chaudhry Faisal Hussain, one of the members of Ali Musa’s legal team, told TheNation that if bureaucrat could be asked to investigate the case of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son, why a commission comprising honest and upright parliamentarians could not be constituted to probe the ephedrine scam. He said the team members were preparing the appeal that would be filed soon. Faisal said they would request the apex court to provide same relief to the former PM’s son it had given to Arsalan Iftikhar, as both the cases were of similar nature especially in the circumstances that Musa Gilani had complained biased treatment meted out to him in ephedrine quota scam. Expressing displeasure over the LHC’s decision, Faisal said it was an arbitrary and illegal decision.

He said the court did not pay heed to arguments advanced by Dr Khalid Ranjha.

The LHC’s Rawalpindi Bench comprising Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi and Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed on Monday had dismissed the bail plea of former federal health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and MNA Ali Musa Gilani remarking that they had misused their positions. The judges also observed that the extra-ordinary relief of pre-arrest bail could not be extended to the two accused at the crucial stage of the case.

According to Ali Musa he had wrongly been implicated in the scam and there was no evidence against him. The ANF had named Ali Musa as one of the accused in its inquiry report. It was alleged in the report that out-of-turn quota of ephedrine was granted to two pharmaceutical companies by the Federal Health Ministry allegedly under the influence of Ali Musa. Meanwhile, Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir has opposed the constitution of one-member commission consisting of Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Shoaib Suddle to investigate Rs 342 million business deal between Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz Hussain, a business tycoon, in view of the Supreme Court’s August 30 decision.

The attorney general said that the Supreme Court should have first sought a prior consent from the office of the FTO, an office that enjoys a status similar to that of a judge. He stated that status of the FTO was like a judge and it was a judicial norm that the courts in their orders usually extend request to another court or a judge instead of giving a direct order.

Malik Riaz has decided to challenge the SC’s August 30 decision on CJ’s son review petition against the NAB’s inquiry team. Zahid Bhukhari, counsel for Malik Riaz has said that the court’s decision was the violation of Article 8, 9 and 25 of the Constitution.