ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday decided to frame contempt charges against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry on March 14.
The three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the ongoing contempt case against Chaudhry.
Defence counsel Kamran Murtaza said there was a delay in being given the CD regarding Chaudhry’s alleged contemptuous speeches, due to which they have not been able to view it yet, Express News reported.
“We will give a detailed reply after watching it,” Murtaza told the court.
In reply, Justice Fazal said “whatever had to happen has already happened,” adding that they could add to their reply in the next hearing.
On February 1, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of Chaudhry’s ‘contemptuous speeches’ against the judiciary.
While addressing a public gathering in Jaranwala, the PML-N stalwart had said: “There was a time when the Kaabah was filled with idols and now the judiciary, the country’s highest institution, is also full of PCO [Provisional Constitution Order] idols.”
He went on to say, “Nawaz Sharif, throw them out, throw him out of the court. They will not give justice but will continue their injustices.”
Despite the unmatched services rendered by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif during his tenure as the prime minister, “they say that somebody else should become the prime minister”, he added.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) had already issued notices to Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Rana Sanaullah on a contempt of court petition regarding the same gathering.