ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict on Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) former chairman Zafar Hijazi’s plea to quash the FIR filed against him in a record tampering case. The Federal Investigation Authority’s special court had framed charges against Hijazi in October last year for allegedly tampering with the records of the Chaudhry Sugar Mills which is owned by the family of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The FIA submitted a forensics report while Hijazi’s lawyer presented the written arguments before the IHC. After hearing the arguments, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani reserved the decision. Hijazi had petitioned the IHC against special court’s dismissal of his acquittal plea in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills record-tampering case in December last year. In the petition, he had stated that the special court disregarded the evidence presented in the appeal and had prayed the IHC to declare the decision null and void. The former SECP chairman was indicted last year by the court after FIA maintained that the accused was involved in tampering of the mills record. An inquiry team of the FIA had submitted a 28-page inquiry report to the Supreme Court on July 9 last year, in which it had endorsed the stance of the joint investigation team probing the offshore assets of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in connection with the Panama Papers case. Published in Daily Times, March 8th 2018.