Islamabad: Pakistan’s former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry today served a Rs 20 billion defamation notice to cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Khan, chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party (PTI), had said that Chaudhry as chief justice of Pakistan failed to stop rigging in the general election of 2013 and thus indirectly helped his rivals to win the polls.
The notice was issued against Khan by the lawyers of Chaudhry for maligning the top judiciary of the country and bringing the former judge to disrepute.
“I claim from you in damages a token sum of Rs 15 billion only and another Rs 5 billion only as damages for mental agonies, torture, harassment, humiliation, etc, caused to me as well as my family,” said the former top judge in the notice.
Chaudhry however said that the notice will be withdrawn if Khan tendered an unconditional apology within two weeks.
The legal proceedings against the PTI supremo will commence if he failed to prove the allegations.
Khan’s party so far has not commented on the development.
The battle between Khan and the former chief justice has been going on for some time due to his harsh criticism of the judiciary.
Chaudhry’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar, is also active against Khan and has announced to challenge his election alleging that Khan did not fulfil the criterion to be a Member of Parliament.