LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Friday presented himself for accountability and voluntarily provided information about his family business and expenditure incurred on his son’s treatment abroad.

In a two-page report issued to the Information Commission by LHC registrar’s office on the direction of the chief justice, it was stated that information about personal life of public servants cannot be provided under the law, but the information about Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and his son Ismail Shah’s treatment abroad is being issued voluntarily in the larger public interest.

The textile mills about which the information was sought was sold in 1988. In 1990, the same mill was given to the buyer on the orders of the Lahore High Court. It stated that Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had abandoned its directorship long ago before becoming judge of the high court. He did not work as director of any company or engage in family business after he became a judge, it said.

The chief justice also rebutted the claim that he ever took loan for his mills or got it waived off, the statement said. It stated that the CJ asked the Punjab government for treatment of his son Ismail Shah abroad under the law and a medical board advised his treatment abroad.

It said the Punjab government allocated Rs6.4 million for the treatment of CJ’s son. It said that Rs4.4 million was spent on the treatment and the remaining Rs2 million was returned to the government. Justice Shah also sent information about his latest income tax returns to the information commission.

On Wednesday, Advocate Anwar Dar had moved the Islamabad High Court against Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and alleged that he got a loan for his mills and also money for his son’s treatment. The lawyer requested the court to seek Justice Shah’s money trail for family business and son’s treatment outside the country. The court had reserved judgement on maintainability of the petition.

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They said the government had abolished land owners’ rights, including normal acquisition of land, according to which they could claim compensation or demand alternative land.

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