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.

May 01

PM contempt case: 3 judges withdraw from bench

CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said 3 out 9 judges have apologized to conduct hearing of PM case.PM CONTAMTHe said that special bench comprising nine judges had been formed to conduct hearing of appeal filed against contempt of court case against the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani but three out of nine judges have apologized to render service in this regard.

He said that he did not want to disclose the names of three judges who have apologized from hearing; so, we can’t conduct hearing of the case as we have only six judges, he said.

While inaugurating Balochistan High Court Sibbi Bench, Chief Justice said that the institutions should work while keeping them within their jurisdiction. The establishment of Sibbi Bench would help facilitate the masses, he said.

He also stressed restoration of Sibbi Law College, raise the number of judges in Balochistan and establishment of new in far-flung areas.