Pak Supreme Court justice's house ransacked, Gilani orders inquiry

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Islamabad/Lahore, Mar.30 : Pakistan Supreme Court staff on aturday raided the house of deposed apex court Justice Khalilur ahman Ramday and took away some important files and documents.

Sources told the Dawn that the staff also collected household rticles and dumped them in a room.

Late in the night, Prime Minister Gilani ordered the restoration f the house to justice Ramday and asked his home affairs adviser o conduct an investigation.

Athar Minallah, a senior lawyer, told the paper that the raid was onducted on the orders of Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar.

Two officials of the Supreme Court - a deputy registrar and an dditional registrar who were accompanied by a PWD caretaker - rrived at the Justice Ramday's house in the Judicial Colony etween 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., he said, adding that they asked he two house servants to let them enter the house.

When they refused to open the gates, they broke the locks and ntered the house, he said.

Minallah said that they combed the house and collected some apers.

He said that Rehman Malik, adviser to prime minister on interior nd narcotics, had told him on phone that an inquiry had been rdered and the investigation would be completed within 24 hours.

In Lahore, Justice Ramday said he had kept the record and the erdict of an important case at his Islamabad residence.

The President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Aitzaz Ahsan, aid that the material that Justice Ramday was talking about might be his detailed judgment in the case concerning the einstatement of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar ohammad Chaudhry".

Justice Ramday described the ransacking of his home in Islamabad s "an inappropriate and uncivilised action, aimed at sabotaging he process of the restoration of judges started by the prime inister's order to release them."

Information Secretary of the PPP, Sherry Rehman, said late on aturday neither was the prime minister's house aware of the ncident nor the government had anything to do with it.

Malik has been asked to submit a report to the prime minister by unday.

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