ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court docket will indict State Inside Minister Tallal Chaudhry right now over contemptuous remarks towards the judiciary.
A 3-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan is listening to the contempt case towards the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief.
Chaudhry appeared earlier than the bench for the listening to and requested the court docket to listen to his plea earlier than framing fees. To this, Justice Ejaz remarked that the defendant can plead his case later as fees shall be framed right now. “We don’t want to waste more time,” he stated.
Chaudhry’s counsel argued that there are precedents of a number of court docket verdicts when the bench has proven leniency in such circumstances.
“The matter is not of dishonouring an individual but an institution,” Justice Maqbool Baqar noticed.
The listening to was then briefly adjourned.
On February 24, the minister, whereas requesting the court docket to withdraw the case, had acknowledged that scandalising the court docket or doing something that tends to convey the court docket into “hatred, ridicule or contempt” is “not even the last thing on the respondent’s mind”.
“Whatever has been said might have been taken into account without relevance to the context due to media reporting,” Chaudhry had written in his preliminary response.
In keeping with a notification issued on February 2, the apex court docket had initiated contempt proceedings towards Chaudhry on account of “derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements” with regard to the court docket.
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