ISLAMABAD  – Supreme Court on Monday (today) will resume hearing of the Memogate petition and a plea requesting the apex court to extend the period for memo commission to complete its proceedings.

A nine-member SC larger bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will take up the petitions for hearing.

SC had constituted a commission comprising three senior most chief justices of high courts to ascertain facts in Memogate case and directed it to present its report within 4 weeks.

Important witness Mansoor Ijaz in Memogate scandal was summoned on previous hearing to record his statement but he failed to appear before the commission.  Commission said in its order that there was no reason that it should move to foreign country to record Mansoor Ejaz statement. Commission has approached SC for extension of period. The SC will decide if the period given to commission be extended or otherwise.

Akarm Sheikh, counsel for Mansoor Ejaz, has requested the court to record his client’s statement abroad. He also said apparently the US, government and army had struck a deal on Memogate scandal.