Najam Sethi case: Justice Sajjad Mehmood recuses himself from hearing


LAHORE: Justice Sajjad Mehmood of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday recusing himself from hearing the case filed against former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi for concealing records of Pakistan Super League.

He forwarded the case to LHC chief justice to probe into the matter, recommending the LHC top judge to form a bench to hear the case.

In the petition filed by a citizen, Javed Badar, it states that refusing to make the PCB record public in violation of Article 19-A of the Constitution.

The plea also argues that Sethi misappropriated the funds to spend billions on media rights. The petitioner argues that complete records of first two PSL editions were not sent to the auditor general of Pakistan.

Badar wrote in his petition that the matter was raised in the National Assembly in April 2017 by the public accounts committee, but Sethi falsified his statement.

The petitioner also alleges that Sethi resigned from fear of accountability. The petitioner also requested chief of finance PCB to provide the country’s accountability bureau with complete records. By not providing the record to the National Accountability Bureau, PCB appears suspicious in the matter.

The court is requested to take the complete record of PCB in its possession and seal it, Badar’s petition read.

According to reports, the new Federal Finance Minister Asad Umar has suggested a detailed audit of PCB and all editions of the PSL by SBP. The source further added that the finance minister wants the SBP to conduct the audit in the same manner as they conduct for the other banks.