Contempt of Court bill challenged in Supreme Court

Petitioner pleads declaration of the bill void, federation made party to petition.


Web Desk July 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The one-day-old contempt of court bill passed in the National Assembly on Monday has been challenged in the Supreme Court for being contradictory to the constitution, Express News reported on Tuesday.

An advocate of the Supreme Court, Muhammad Siddique Khan Baloch, filed this petition in the court which pleads that this bill should be declared void. The federation has been made party to this petition as well.

The bill, effectively providing immunity to high-office holders to disobey court orders and a free hand for the public to criticise the judiciary, was bulldozed through the National Assembly on Monday night by the government.

The 13-clause bill was passed in a marathon session of the National Assembly amid protest by the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which called it a “black day for democracy.”

The opposition raised objections against the government’s decision to not send the bill to the relevant standing committee for deliberations and they kept on demanding time as per rules.

COMMENTS (8)

Naeem | 9 years ago | Reply It’s a good move to stop the judicial activism. Judiciary has become a party not pillar of state. The problem with the Pakistan Supreme Court is that it is partisan. The way our society is over politicized, the same way our SC is. The SC by all means has a political agenda which is reflected in their judicial practices and that is in demonizing the civilian rule in general and a specific political party in particular. It seems Pakistan’s simplified problem is the people aren’t taking up the responsibility of their role and the Supreme Court is playing the part of the spoiling. This step taken by the Government is not to undermine the supremacy of the Judiciary but to strengthen democracy.
Fahim Alavi | 9 years ago | Reply

Contemp of judge is not contemp of judiciary...... There is no concept of contemp of court in Islam ,,,,,,,,,, bash the law of contemp of court ASAP

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