Jun 15

PM should have appealed against conviction: CJP

Chief Justice says sentence in contempt case is directly linked with ineligibility of a person.PM should have appealed against conviction: CJP

A three-member bench headed by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing into applications pertaining to the ruling of NA speaker after Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Gilani.

As soon as the hearing began, Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel of PM, said that a larger bench should be formed, adding that the issue is very sensitive.

He said his client had accepted the sentence but not ineligibility, adding that not every sentence implies to the ineligibility of the Member of Parliament.

The chief justice remarked that Aitzaz Ahsan cannot argue over appeal in this case and said his client accepted the sentence.

CJP also said that PM Gilani should have appealed against the verdict in contempt case on which Aitzaz Ahsan maintained that his client was sentenced but was not declared ineligible due to which he did not appeal against the verdict.

Aitzaz Ahsan argued that the speaker has the right to give ruling and doesn’t play the role of a postman only.

At the outset of the hearing Attorney General Irfan Qadir came on the rostrum and said he did not make any indecent posture in yesterday s hearing. He said the proceedings were misreported by media.