May 08

PM contempt case: SC issues detailed verdict

The Supreme Court has issued detailed verdict on Prime Minsiter Gilani’s contempt case.

The Supreme Court issued a detailed verdict against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case on Tuesday.

The detailed verdict was written by Justice Nasir ul Mulk consist of 77 pages while an additional 6 paged note written by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was also attached with the verdict.

The Prime Minister was sentenced for less than 30 seconds imprisonment in short order on April, 26.

Gilani was convicted by the country’s top court for not implementing its orders of writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari.

The verdict noted: “The court was deliberately ridiculed that might result in disqualification for five years”.

It said Gilani’s counsel (Aitzaz) didn’t utter single word about the punishment for ridiculing the apex court.

“Judicial system would be destroyed if top official of the country would defy court orders,” the detailed judgment said.

A seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk heard the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case and convicted the premier of contempt for not pursuing corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Following the detailed judgment, the government will face renewed pressure from the opposition parties demanding National Assembly Speaker’s action against the Prime Minister after his conviction in contempt case by the Supreme Court.

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.

Apr 12

PM Contempt Case: Aitzaz questions bench’s eligibility

ISLAMABAD: During the hearing of Prime Minister Gilani’s contempt case, Aitzaz Ahsan again questioned the eligibility of the Supreme Court bench hearing the case.Aitzaz hassan

The seven-member larger bench including Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ajaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ajaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Athar Syed was hearing the case.

The Prime Minister’s counsel, Ahsan argued that that the same judges who initiated the case against the PM and were now hearing it, adding that under Article 10A of the constitution the sitting bench was not eligible to hear the case.

Justice Ajaz Afzal assured Ahsan the judgment in the case would be fair. Ahsan said that national dignity needs to be considered when it comes to the President.

The court directed Ahsan to complete his arguments by next Wednesday as the Attorney General’s arguments would be heard the following day (Thursday).

The case was adjoined till Friday (April 12, 2012).