September 21, 2017
ISLAMABAD - A bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday stayed proceedings against Jang-Geo group in a case where Axact Private Limited filed a criminal complaint against the largest media group for news regarding the conviction of an Axact fake degree scandal character Umair Hamid.
The News reported that Editor-in-Chief Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Geo TV, Mir Ibrahim-ur- Rahman and The News journalist Umar Cheema challenged the proceedings in the IHC.
Before IHC, legal counsel for Jang-Geo Group Amir Abdullah Abbasi argued that The News story was based on facts and it was proved after Umair was convicted by an American court under the same allegations.
The news was based on the documents available at the US Department of Justice website and Axact did not deny those.
The IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stayed the proceedings at the district courts and adjourned hearing until October 18.
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