SC discharges contempt of court notice against Imran Khan

Published: August 28, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday discharged the contempt of court notice against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, Express News reported.  

The apex court resumed the hearing today.

While speaking to the media after the notice was discharged, Imran reiterated that the word “shameful” was used against the conduct of presiding officers in May 11 elections only and not for the judiciary. He said that the party’s 2,500-page long white paper documents the rigging.

The PTI chairman stated that the matter is about the future of Pakistan and the only objective of his comments was to have fair and free elections in the country.

He further stated that May 11 elections were the first one to be held under judicial supervision and only the court can be called for justice.

“If the rigging incidents during the general elections are not investigated, the next election will not be a fight over the mandate but rather over who is better at rigging,” said Imran.

Hearing

Earlier during the hearing, Justice Ejaz Chaudhry said the term “shameful” is abusive if used against the judiciary.

The bench hearing the case was not satisfied with Imran’s reply and asked him to review it.

In response to Imran’s written reply, Justice Anwar stated that the word ‘shameful’ is offensive if referred to the judiciary, however a better meaning of the term can be provided by the defendant party.

“The court will review the meaning of the word ‘shameful’, if Imran Khan does not apologise,” says Justice Ejaz.

His lawyer Hamid Khan had submitted a 21-page reply to the apex court on August 27.

Background

A press statement by Imran on July 26 triggered the contempt of court controversy when he said that the judiciary was involved in rigging during the May 11 elections. The PTI chief had later said the statement was made in good faith wherein the reference to the judiciary was for the returning officers (ROs) and district returning officers (DROs) belonging to the subordinate judiciary assigned to the election process.

Imran appeared before the court on August 2 in this regard and submitted a brief written reply.

Unimpressed by the reply, the apex court bench adjourned the hearing till August 28 and asked Imran’s counsel to submit a comprehensive response at the next date of the hearing.

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Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Hamid Khan was incorrectly mentioned as Imran Khan’s prosecutor. The error has been fixed. 

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Murghi
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:37AM

    So now the meaning of the word ‘shameful’ changes if used against the judiciary. I don’t believe I am reading this.Recommend

  • Aug 28, 2013 - 11:39AM

    “The term “shameful” is abusive if used against the judiciary, Justice Ejaz Chaudhry”. I thought Judges and lawyers are human

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  • Mian Arif Sattar
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:41AM

    It is the most pressing issue for the masses in Pakistan; judiciary needs to get a life and just move on or be ‘shameful forever!!

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  • Muhammad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:41AM

    Without getting into legal aspect of this issue, I would say, locking horns with SC is one of the best tools for media attention (in the absence of any worthy delivery in KP).

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  • Aug 28, 2013 - 11:42AM

    Are we not wasting too much time of our higher courts in petty and silly matters which by itself is sharmnak?

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:43AM

    What if it is used against an ordinary Pakistani citizen?
    This is democracy Chief sb. We have the right to express our opinions.

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  • Fahad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:46AM

    IK will never turn back from his statement. Fight till the end!Recommend

  • Dildar Khan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:48AM

    Can you provide us with a list of those words which are abusive if used against Judiciary!
    Thank you.Recommend

  • Usama Bin Ahmed
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:52AM

    What a SHARAMNAK news.. Sigh

    Oops thats ABUSIVE and i bet ET will never gonna publish this comment

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  • Sharamnaaaaaaak
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:56AM

    It is indeed SHAMEFULL

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  • Zubair
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:58AM

    “shameful” is less abusive than “corrupt”, a word used by supreme court itself for subordinate courts. CJ is fully aware that lower judiary has rampant corruption and needs to be cleansed.

    Mr. Khan is better to say sorry as SC is not interested in its image, they want to remove IK with the backing of US and Nawaz Sharif

    (Some reports on corrupt judicary)
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/317872/corruption-in-district-courts-must-be-wiped-out-cjp/

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/563987/no-merit-only-corruption-qualifies-for-a-promotion-in-the-judiciary/

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  • Rand0m
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:00PM

    @Fahad I think his end is here ;-) and it’s going to be very “شرمناک ”

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  • Amin
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:10PM

    Imran Khan’s act of attending a ball in London during Ramzan was a ‘Shameful’ (Sharamnaak) act .. How does it feel now???

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  • Fahad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:15PM

    @Rand0m:
    Don’t you worry my friend. This is just the beginning not the end. After 66 years of corruption. Now is the time IK will lift Pakistan on to its feets!Recommend

  • NewYorker
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:25PM

    The Supreme Court wanted to “pin down” Imran Khan. Khan is a cornered tiger ,who can never be tamed. Way to go IK! We are with you till the end.

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  • Fahad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:25PM

    @Rand0m:
    This is just the beginning my friend. And an end to decades of corruption.Recommend

  • Hain?
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:34PM

    IK was brave enough to not change his stance. A leader can not be coward so i love this man, a true leader!Recommend

  • bilal
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:35PM

    @Muhammad.

    Add RTI LaW…mother of all laws plus online FIR!!

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Drama over, folks!
    Back to work.

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  • Abbas
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Truth prevail and IK stands his foot……:)

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  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:54PM

    No win no loss match is levelled.

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  • Zain
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:54PM

    What a waste of time

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  • Fahad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:57PM

    @Rand0m:
    This is just the beginning my friend.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:06PM

    Mature move on the part of the judiciary to put an end to a non-issue.

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  • Abbas
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:13PM

    @Amin:

    Your comment on Imran Khan’s personal life is ” Sharamnak” …How does it feel now..:)

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  • Muhammad Faizan Khan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Quote: “His prosecutor Hamid Khan had submitted a 21-page reply to the apex court on August 27”. Un-Quote
    ET, please educate your reporter with legal terms. Hamid Khan is Imran’s Lawyer not his prosecutor. I think your reporter donot know the meaning of Prosecutor. Pls do publish my comments.

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  • MA
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:22PM

    @Muhammad:
    yeah whatever!

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  • Muhammad Faizan Khan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Quote: “His prosecutor Hamid Khan had submitted a 21-page reply to the apex court on August 27.” Un Quote
    ET please educate your reporter with some legal terms. Hamid Khan is Imran’s lawyer in this case not Prosecutor. Pls understand the meaning of Prosecutor and do post my comments.

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  • Xnain
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Imran Khan has set a sharamnaak example of leadership…..Don’t look at me like this people sharamnak is not abusive…..

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  • Xnain
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:46PM

    @bilal:
    How many of the people in KPK has access to internet when the main audience of this RTI is the internet users. The Both FIR and RTI are measures to please the elites burger generation. Not targeted for general masses. So please spare us of these two “revolutionary” steps. PTI’s efforts are concentrated to please its twitter and facebook warriors.

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  • masood butt
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:50PM

    imran khan is convincingly correct in the SC. 11 May gen. elections should be scrutinised by the ECP through NADRA thumb printing program.

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  • Mohammad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 2:37PM

    I see… Public pressure. Gilani must be crying today.

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  • Rehan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 2:56PM

    This is what our politicians do if the statement clicks than they own there words, if not than they disown the situation !

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  • Atif I. Malik
    Aug 28, 2013 - 3:01PM

    So the #Sharamnak issue is solved amicably. Real lesson for all – specially our media, anchors (each one of them believe he has exclusive on wisdom), judiciary, politicians, people is to focus energy on real issues, instead of getting bogged down in or create trivial/non issues. To me if ever the phrase “Making mountain out of a molehill” was aptly used, this was it. How many of us know that Rupee is now at 104 to a dollar. How many of us know its impact on our economy, inflation, increase in loan burden etc.. #Sharmanak are our priorities in this country. Totally upside down.

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  • Ali Shah
    Aug 28, 2013 - 3:08PM

    Our superior judiciary should focus on more pressing matters and with tens of thousands of cases pending they should avoid calling contempt of court for such petty issues.

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  • Gujni
    Aug 28, 2013 - 3:12PM

    IK true to his words…..I like this guy….

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  • Nauman usmani
    Aug 28, 2013 - 3:16PM

    SC should resolve the main issues this country is having..a single spoken word against SC frm IK. they took notice..rest of the contry is carrying for justice..

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  • Amin
    Aug 28, 2013 - 3:38PM

    @Abbas:
    You actually proved my point :pRecommend

  • Salman Asghar
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:06PM

    @Fahad: I wish IK show same commitments to his election promises.Recommend

  • Aug 28, 2013 - 4:20PM

    Hope now PTI supporters will not abuse CJ on Facebook and twitter. Recommend

  • indian shia
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:21PM

    i hoped he will bring in change in pak but prior to 11 may his comments on ahmadiyas boomeranged. imran is just a politician wanna be leader with support of deep state.enough said abt punjabi pretending to be pashtun Recommend

  • Tsunami'ist
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:24PM

    Right on IK!!Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:25PM

    It is just an exclusive interpretation of contempt of court law by the SC. This is different for every one.Recommend

  • pakistani hindu
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:28PM

    extremely shocked by turn of events after 11 may,i voted for you IK but my decision was wrong.cant say muchRecommend

  • sumaiya ex PTI
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:35PM

    please say smthing abt your new media partner mubasher lucman. you have fooled us and now you want to become a martyr like bhutto by creating tension with judiciary.but there is one thing missing-bhutto was a leader,you are just a politician. Recommend

  • Fahad
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:59PM

    @sumaiya ex PTI:
    You are also missing one thing. You were first an insafian…..now a no one!Recommend

  • Dude
    Aug 28, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Rest apart, I like the way he defended and stuck to his stance.. though its not a time for this, politicians need to move forward for the sake of Mother Land !!Recommend

  • Err
    Aug 28, 2013 - 5:10PM

    @sumaiya Which Bhutto are you referring to as leader? The one who made us lose half of our country or the one who owned Surrey palace?Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    Aug 28, 2013 - 5:34PM

    It was certainly avoidable distraction. Very good gesture on part of AG. All is well that ends well !!Recommend

  • FQQ
    Aug 28, 2013 - 5:36PM

    @M.Ashraf Choudhry:
    then why SC take somoto action. they must realized what they r doing, wasting time

    SC allow IK to abuse his opponent in their decision.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Aug 28, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Much ado about nothing. Everyone’s time & energy wasted.Recommend

  • saeed
    Aug 28, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Lenient on powerful and bashing the weak. Totally agree, its Free Judiciary!!Recommend

  • Mudassar Ghaffar
    Aug 28, 2013 - 7:55PM

    It shows that the judiciary is not sleeping. Imran have to apologize in front of apex court.

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  • TruthFatcor
    Aug 28, 2013 - 9:06PM

    Courts can only target PPP workers and leaders and all other people go free without trouble. Gilani was removed from PMship but PMLN, and MQM cases are still in dormant state. PTI chief gets clean chit.

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  • Ezio Auditore
    Aug 28, 2013 - 9:14PM

    Victory for the one who stood on his stance… and on there other hand, there r some who take U-turns on their stances every other day, be it on Zardari’s immunity, dragging zardari on LHR streets, Ending load shedding, Capital punishment for Terrorists, breaking the begging bowl, swiss cases, Election 2008 bycott, position on MQM, etc etc etc… :)

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  • wara
    Aug 29, 2013 - 11:04PM

    i like pti nd imran i support imran khan in all steps

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