ISLAMABAD: Former accountability court judge Arshad Malik succumbed to coronavirus.
The ex-judge was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Islamabad for the past few days.
He was removed from service after he was found to have violated his service rules by an investigation committee of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Malik had convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following Supreme Court’s panamagate verdict. He acquitted Nawaz in the Flagship reference.
In July 2019, PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz released video and audio clips of Malik allegedly confessing that he convicted Nawaz under ‘duress’.
In August 2019, Islamabad High Court suspended and repatriated Malik to the Lahore High Court, his parent department, and ordered further proceedings.
A year later, an LHC administration committee approved removal of the sessions judge after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.