New contempt law: SC forms larger bench, to hear cases on July 23

A preliminary hearing was conducted at Quetta registry after which notices were issued to top offices.


Web Desk July 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has constituted a five-member bench for hearing cases pertaining to petitions filed against the new contempt of court law and will hear them on July 23, Express News reported on Friday.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will include Justices Shakirullah Jan, Tasadduq Jilani, Jawwad S Khawaja and Khilji Arif.

The chief justice conducted a preliminary hearing of the cases at the Quetta Registry of the Supreme Court after which notices were issued to the federation, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, chairman Senate, National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza, Law Minister Farooq H Naek, Attorney General Irfan Qadir and the cabinet division.

At least 13 petitions have been filed against the law that was signed by President Asif Ali Zardari on July 13 in an attempt to grant immunity to all public office holders against contempt of court.

Within a day of its final approval, two petitions were filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore and Quetta registries challenging it.

COMMENTS (35)

Logic Europe | 8 years ago | Reply

@ syed Ali it is immaterial what country you consider in your arguments the simple truth is that judiciary is perceived to be biased by a vast majority of people by its behavior it is targeting a particular political party by perverting the course of justice by frequent suo motos. In America targeting of a particular party will be totally unacceptable and what law is being enforced by these courts? twent year old case , if the government has broken any laws then those cases should be tried .instead membership of Rahman Malik and other flimsy issues are being considered by the courts at the cast of its normal business a few case of corruption have been pointed out by the courts and in all government systems it is not unusual to find people who do corruption. I will say the will of the people is supreme and they make the constitution and they can change the constitution JUDGES WILL HAVE TO BE APLOITICAL ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY

Syed Ali | 8 years ago | Reply

Also Logic Europe, further to my above comment, please just also note that you haven't seem to really understood the "US-based" scenario I created basically as you seemed to be familiar with the US-system. Quoting political agitation against Bhutto and Ayub Khan (not Atul Khan!) in response was inapplicable in such a US-based scenario. I trust this clarifies and helps understanding.

I have also already explained that enforcement of the law (including on the government) and the constitutional limitations of state organs is indeed the "constitutional duty" of the Supreme Court and cannot be wrongly translated into "running the government".

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