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.