Justice Ramday terms Imran Khan’s allegations ludicrous

ISLAMABAD: Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday Monday said one can only laugh at the allegations of election rigging leveled against him by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

“Such statements don’t suit a person like Imran Khan,” said Justice Ramday in a statement today.

He clarified that the Supreme Court does not have any link with the provincial courts and it is the high courts that have the authority to supervise lower courts.

Justice Ramday said neither did Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif take orders from him nor did he (Justice Ramday) ever remain an advisor to the PM.

He asked Imran Khan to name just one returning officer for whom, according to PTI chief, he hosted a dinner. “Where and when did I host the dinner?” he asked, adding, it is beyond his comprehension whose pressure forced Imran Khan to issue such statements.

He said he had traveled out of Lahore 10 days prior to the elections.

Justice Ramday said, if needed, he would tell everything to the court.

Earlier in the day, Imran Khan accused former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice (retd) Ramday of involvement in election rigging and said Najam Sethi was the third player.

According to Imran Khan Justice (retd) Ramday had invited Returning Offices (ROs) to dinner where the CJ Chaudhry was the chief guest and expressed that Nawaz Sharif was the best option.

Khan alleged that Justice (retd) Ramday was behind Nawaz Sharif’s victory speech to influence ROs. Khan said for Justice (retd) Ramday’s role his sons were rewarded. He said Mustafa Ramday was appointed Advocate General while Asad Ramday was the MNA from Toba Tek Singh. A niece of Justice (retd) Ramday was elected on a reserved seat, he added.