SC to hear contempt cases against PML-N leaders today

Tallal Chaudry (left) and Daniyal Aziz. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will resume hearing the contempt case against Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz.

On Monday, Aziz submitted his reply in the court, saying that being a parliamentarian he cannot even think of disrespecting state institutions.

Aziz in his reply stated that he believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and respects state institutions, including the judiciary.

“Media ran my comments out of context,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader added. He also pleaded to the court to take back the show-cause notice issued to him in the case.

The show-cause notice to Aziz was issued by the Supreme Court on February 19, after a contempt of court notice was sent to him on February 2 over his “controversial speeches and statements made during television shows”.

Contempt case against Tallal Chaudry

In addition to Aziz, PML-N leader and State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudry was also issued a contempt of court notice for his anti-judiciary remarks.

A three-judge bench headed by Supreme Court Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan will also hear the contempt case against him today. 

At the last hearing of the case on Feb 26, the case had been adjourned owing to Chaudry’s lawyer’s other commitments. 

Moreover, the interior minister had requested the court on February 24 to withdraw the case, stating that scandalising the court or doing anything that tends to bring the court 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,” Chaudry had written in his initial response.

Moreover, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will hear today the appeal by disqualified PML-N senator Nehal Hashmi against his sentencing in a contempt case. 

Hashmi was jailed for a month and disqualified for five years by the apex court on Feb 1 over his contemptuous remarks made last year. 

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