Contempt law: Government files review petition against SC's decision

Petition filed through federation's counsel, Abdul Shakoor Paracha.

Web Desk August 08, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s decision that outlawed the Contempt of Court Act 2012 (COCA), Express News reported.

The petition was filed through federation's counsel, Abdul Shakoor Paracha.

On August 3, a five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, declared COCA null and void– a clear declaration that the court has the right to hold anyone in contempt, regardless of their office.

In response to the decision, President Asif Ali Zardari had met with his legal experts to discuss options to save his second prime minster from being dismissed, as there is no legal immunity for him in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case.

Zardari had also met with Law Minister Farooq H Naek and had held a detailed discussion with him.

The government has already seen one of its premiers sent packing on contempt charges after he refused to follow court orders regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities – and a similar fate hangs over Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, who has also thus far demurred from writing the letter to the Swiss authorities.