Contempt of court: SC to indict Babar Awan on Thursday

Published: May 16, 2012
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Awan’s counsel maintains that court cannot indict Awan without having made decision on unconditional apology. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/ EXPRESS

Awan’s counsel maintains that court cannot indict Awan without having made decision on unconditional apology. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will indict former law minister, Babar Awan on Thursday, after he withdrew an intracourt appeal on Wednesday, Express News reported.

Awan had filed an intracourt appeal in the court after the court did not consider his unconditional apology. He had offered the apology twice to the court.

Heading a three-member bench, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard Awan’s appeal and allowed him to take his appeal back.

Awan’s counsel, Ali Zafar, maintained during the hearing that the court cannot indict Awan without having made a decision on the unconditional apology he offered twice to the court.

He said that the purpose of contempt of court proceedings is to maintain the respect of the judiciary not to “demean someone”.

The chief justice observed that different cases cited during the hearing were not relevant and that Awan’s counsel should let the court conclude its proceedings.

The former law minister was prosecuted for contempt of court adjudication after he criticised an apex court verdict handed down on December 1, 2011, pertaining to the formation of a judicial commission to probe the Memogate scandal.

In his apology letter, Awan had stated that his comments regarding the judiciary were unintentional, based on inadvertence and that he was offering an unconditional apology for his utterances that have been found prima facie to be disrespectful by this bench.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Much Amused
    May 16, 2012 - 3:43PM

    I wonder if Montecello University has any advice to offer Dr. Awan?

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  • friend of courts
    May 16, 2012 - 4:13PM

    nice job these judges have, doing nice little contemp hearings

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  • Shaheer Malik
    May 16, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Judges are not serious to take action against Babar Awan. They are just creating drama.

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  • elcay
    May 16, 2012 - 5:10PM

    @ Shaheer Malik, very well said. Powerless SC is just wasting tax payers’ money in enacting such dramas.Not a single result oriented verdict on record.Recommend

  • Raheel
    May 16, 2012 - 5:53PM

    I would say we pakistani people are wasting money by electing same leaders who will not listen to court and will do what they want.
    Mr Shaheer Malik, you should get up and do something for your country otherwise stop accusing court Recommend

  • naeem khan Manhattan,KS
    May 16, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Where would you see a person with a fake degree and flaunt it to the whole nation and then become the guardian of the law ministry, it was a travesty to appoint him as law minister, his whole life is full being turncoat and stabbing people in the back,corruption aside. It is time that the Supreme Court of Pakistan do something about these people who has no respect for the law because they think they are above the law and can get away with it.If he has done what he is accused of in the USA, even a municipal court would have sent him to jail to cool his heels. But Pakistan is a different matter because the laws are only meant for the masses. I will say to the honorable justices to throw a book at him and make him an example to the other scum bags of the law profession.

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  • HoneyBee
    May 17, 2012 - 4:59AM

    another 30 sec prison sentence . . . . ;-)

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