Contempt of court: Petition seeks Sharjeel Memon’s disqualification

Published: September 5, 2012

During the Sindh Assembly session on August 7, Memon had accused the chief justice of supporting a dictator and demanded an apology from him, PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

The Sindh High Court has been moved for the disqualification of the Sindh information minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, over his statements against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

A human rights lawyer, Rana Faizul Hasan, filed the petition on Tuesday, accusing the minister for contempt of court.

During the Sindh Assembly session on August 7, Memon had accused the chief justice of supporting a dictator and demanded an apology from him, Hassan submitted.

Article 68 of the Constitution does not allow a person to pass such words for a sitting judge. “It is in contempt of court,” the plaintiff stated.

The petitioner appealed to the court to disqualify Memon from PS-62, Tharparkar-III, and direct the election commission to announce by-polls on the constituency.

“The minister is a responsible person and should not pass such statements. How an educated person can go against the law, when even an illiterate person is bound to obey it,” he added. Hasan also requested the court to direct the PEMRA chairman to bring the record of the information minister’s August 7 speech. “Everything is on record and the court has to decide according to the law,” he said while talking to The Express Tribune.

Apart from Memon, the federation, federal law minister, chief election commissioner, Sindh government, Sindh Assembly speaker have been cited as the respondents in the petition.

The high court will take up the case on September 7.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2012.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Mirza
    Sep 5, 2012 - 2:49AM

    “During the Sindh Assembly session on August 7, Memon had accused the chief justice of supporting a dictator and demanded an apology from him”
    Memon did not accuse the CJ, he only stated a fact and a known truth. Since when speaking the truth is a crime in Islamic Republic where all men are equal? The elected head of the state should not have immunity but the paid govt servants on extensions should in the Islamic Pakistan? Where is the Islamic equality when it comes to the perks and high treason of generals and judges? Why put a ban on free and fair debate in the elected assembly?

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  • KnoWhat!
    Sep 5, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Didn't he know it a "Blasphemy" to make a comment on following:

    The Taliban
    The Judiciary
    The Extremists
    The Filthy Rich
    Any man in Punjab
    Top members of the Brass
    Any man with some power
    Any violent or threatening person

    It's OK to Do anything to the following people:

    Students
    School Teachers
    Women & Children
    A person of Minority
    Tourists & Ex-patriots
    One without a Backing
    The poor & the helpless
    Low level police workers
    House workers & laborers
    One who Believe differently
    Dark skin or unusual looking people

    Why? Injustice Prevails, it effect all offices.
    The justice in Pak went out for a Very Long Walk.

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