SC reserves judgment in Talal Chaudhry contempt case

The judge said that accused must appear in person on the day of announcement


Hasnaat Mailk July 11, 2018
Talal Chaudhry. PHOTO: PID

 ISLAMABAD  : The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment in the contempt case against former minister Talal Chaudhry.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad reserved the decision and said the date of the announcement will be issued later. However, he added that the accused must appear in person on the day of the announcement.

Kamran Murtaza requested the bench to show restraint in this matter. He also referred Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri case wherein contempt proceedings against them were dropped.

Top court turns down Talal Chaudhry's plea seeking time to present witness

Murtaza further requested the bench to announce the verdict after elections. Justice Gulzar, however, said that they are not setting a date for the announcement of the decision.

On March 15, SC indicted Chaudhry for allegedly committing contempt of court. The bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan gave a charge sheet to Chaudhry, who denied the contempt allegations and pleaded not guilty.

On May 23, the country’s top court turned down Talal Chaudhry’s request seeking time to produce more witnesses in hearing of contempt case against him.

During the hearing of a case pertaining to contemptuous statements made by Chaudhry during a rally in January, the defendant’s counsel presented a list of 17 witnesses and sought time to summon and record statements. Turning down the plea, Justice Gulzar Ahmed observed the trial cannot be stretched further.

 

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