Contempt of court: SC rejects intra-court appeal, Gilani to appear on Feb 13

Gilani to face indictment charges for the government's two-year refusal to write to Swiss authorities.

Azam Khan/web Desk February 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected Aitzaz Ahsan's appeal to protect Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani from contempt of court.  

Gilani will appear before the court on February 13 to face indictment charges against him for the government's two-year refusal to write to Swiss authorities to revive cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the final verdict could only be determined after the trial.

Prime Minister’s intra-court appeal hearing was held in the Supreme Court today. Aitzaz Ahsan said in his concluding remarks that he "respects the court" and wants it to take back its show-cause notice.

Earlier, Aitzaz Ahsan said that the court depicted “strict behavior” by giving Gilani a show-cause notice.

Ahsan said that the proceedings of contempt of court are “half of civil nature and half of criminal nature." He said benefit of the doubt should be given to the prime minister in this case, which is currently not being given to him.

Ahsan also prayed to the court that the decision should not be limited to the seven judges on the bench, just because they were the chief justice’s "colleagues".

The chief justice, during yesterday's hearing, had remarked that the appeal itself was in contempt of the court. He had questioned Ahsan on how he could include paragraphs in his appeal which say that the contempt case cannot be initiated against a prime minister who helped in restoring the judges.


Qaiser | 10 years ago | Reply Bill Clinton’s infamous Monica Lewinsky episode has been brought up on more than one occasion. So has Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. In both cases the action planned or taken was ‘impeachment’. Nixon resigned. Clinton was impeached, i.e. indicted, by the House of Representatives and survived a Senate trial on the articles of impeachment. It was not a proceeding in a court of law. Similarly, grand jury investigation should not be confused with a criminal proceeding. Our constitution also provides for the removal of the president. Both the constitutions of the US and Pakistan thus envisage legislative action against the president, even though unlike the American president, the Pakistani president is a symbolic head of state and not a chief executive. The trust we place in our fountainhead of justice, equity and fair play is that the judges presiding would always act fairly and impartially. We expect them to be blind to populist sentiment and to work according to the law and constitution and to construe the constitution in a manner that preserves the sovereignty of the people of Pakistan, which they exercise in a sacred trust.
Saad | 10 years ago | Reply

Surprise surprise!

I have nothing but contempt this Court, this adliya is neither azaad nor graceful enough to adorn that white marble building.

You did well Aitzaz but folks in the twin city as the saying goes, have hired the judge instead of the lawyer.

Jeay Bhutto and Jeay Gillani!

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