Contempt law an attempt at granting immunity to elite class: Justice Khawaja

The court was hearing 27 petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act.

Web Desk July 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, while hearing petitions against the new contempt law, remarked that this law was an attempt at granting immunity to the elite class, Express News reported on Tuesday.

He made this statement during the second hearing of the case comprising petitions against the contempt law.

Earlier, during the first hearing, the counsel for the federation had sought time from the Supreme Court of Pakistan as it began hearing 27 petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act, saying that the case was of high importance.

The bench hearing the cases is headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and includes Justices Shakirullah Jan, Tasadduq Jilani, Jawwad S Khawaja and Khilji Arif.

The controversial legislation – which has been termed a ‘black law’ by the opposition – is aimed at shielding the new premier from contempt proceedings similar to those that led to Yousaf Raza Gilani’s ouster from the country’s top office.

The federal cabinet approved the bill on July 4 after which President Asif Ali Zardari, who has 30 days to sign any bill after approval by both houses of parliament, did not waste much time and put his signature on the draft after overnight passage by the Senate on July 12.


Logic Europe | 9 years ago | Reply

@ Umar first let me inform you that in England no body even knows the name chief justice No court ever tried to go against the will of the parliament Wherever it disapproved of a law.thebgovernment changed the law all laws passed by British parliament are eventually referred to house of lords,the ultimate legal body .it can send the bill back twice but third time it will become law even if rejected by house of lord Thre are day to day tussles in house of lord against and in favour of legislation e.g recent health reform bill, university fees bill so supreme court or its equivalent are bound to accept all laws made by parliament

the Pakistani judiciary is criticised by all jurists all over the world except a few lawyers belonging to PMLN and PTI Even in Pakistan many lawyers are openly criticising the misbehaviour of the courts ,because chief justice was not quickly re instated by ZARDARI ,heis targeting ZARDARI who is president of all Pakistan All leaders of Ppp agree that the letter will be written when he is no longer president THIS IS BEING DONE CIRCUMVENTING THE USUAL COURSE OF LAW

Umar | 9 years ago | Reply

@Logic Europe:

What excesses are the judges guilty of? trying to get an implementation of a ruling of the highest court?

The court is not fixated with one issue, they media may be. So by your standard they should just leave it as they would be seen to be biased, very funny. Follow that trend and the courts will have no power to enforce the law.

You say you have worked in the UK court system, bring me an example where the UK government has refused or ignored a superior courts order.

Stop defending the corrupt to the core politician; There is no justification of providing them or anyone else blanket immunity from prosecution.

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