ISLAMABAD: A sitting judge has allegedly admitted to receiving Rs5 million in bribe to acquit Shoaib Ahmad Shaikh in the Axact fake degree scandal case.
In the latest development it has emerged that Additional District and Sessions Judge Pervaizul Qadir Memon has allegedly admitted before the Islamabad High Court that he received Rs5 million to acquit Bol TV’s CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh in the Axact case.
IHC’s show-cause notice issued to the judge read that he “committed an act of corruption by receiving illegal gratification to the tune of Rs5 million for acquittal of accused [Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh] through judgment dated 31.10.2016”.
“You admitted the above stated act of corruption before the Departmental Promotion Committee comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani,” read an office order of the IHC issued on June 9.
Although the committee has recommended “removal from service being not fit for the position of the additional district and sessions judge”, chief justice IHC has issued a show-cause notice to the judge seeking written reply within 14 days explaining why a ‘major penalty’ was not imposed on him.
In case no reply is received within the specified period, the notice read, it would be presumed that the judge has no defence to offer or he declined to offer the same and accept the charges. In addition, action against him will be taken ex-parte.
The case had surfaced in May 2015 when The New York Times published a report which claimed that the company sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools.
A senior Axact employee, Umair Hamid, who was arrested in US last year, has recently pleaded guilty to charges brought against him for his role in the multi-million dollar fake diploma scheme being run by the Karachi-based IT company.