Supreme Court (SC) has directed Election Commission   (EC) to initiate proceedings against fake degree holders within two days as per law besides summoning details of the cases against fake degree holders from subordinate courts.

A 3-member bench of SC headed over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up for hearing fake degree implementation case Tuesday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked “ no one should remain under any delusion. Those contesting the election will be subjected to all types of scrutiny. Why the action has not been taken against the fake degree holders so far. No other  matter can be of more public interest  than this. As to why names of candidates are not being published. Voters should have all information about their respective candidates. Enough is enough. No corrupt elements will be allowed to go to parliament. Fake degree holders have not only deceived the nation but also they have made mockery of their mandate. Such elements don’t deserve for any leniency”.

Secretary EC Ishtiaq Ahmad appeared in the court on behalf of EC and he told the court action was underway against fake degree holders and  matters in this regard have entered into final phase. Verification process in respect of degrees of 1170 public representatives who had participated in 2008 general election was initiated and 68 degrees were declared bogus this way. 27 degrees were found in order and the matters related to 34 degrees were  still pending.  Cases of 8 persons are  pending with district and sessions judges so far, he said.

He prayed the court to allow two days more to EC in connection with verification of degrees and initiation of action against fake degree holders.

The court allowed two days more for initiation of proceedings against the fake degree holders.

The court ruled that it was right of all citizens and voters to seek access to all information under article 19 of the constitution. Nomination paper be posted at websites and mode of websites should be simple.

The court directed registrars of all the four high courts and Islamabad High Court to send details of the action taken against the fake degree holders besides filing the reply as to why proceedings against the fake degree holders has not  been initiated  so far.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till Thursday.