Islamabad: 76 ex-MPs likely to face criminal cases
ISLAMABAD: As many as 76 former lawmakers who are yet to submit their degrees for verification will stand disqualified for contesting upcoming 2013 general elections and will also face criminal proceedings if Supreme Court (SC) orders are followed, the sources told The News on Monday. They said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is bound to send cases against these ex–MPs to courts so that legal proceeding is initiated against them. The ECP cannot directly disqualify any lawmaker on the charge of holding fake degree but it has powers to file cases with the sessions judges for prosecution of fake degree holders against them.
The apex court in its judgement on CMA No. 1624 of 2010 in Civil Appeal No. 409 of 2010 dated 14–06–2010 directed ECP “to initiate action against all such persons who are accused of commission of corrupt practices of committing of forgery and of using as genuine, documents which they knew or at least has reason to believe to be forge”. Fake degree cases of 18 former lawmakers are still pending with