SC to announce verdict in Tallal Chaudry contempt case tomorrow

11:10 AM | 1 Aug, 2018
SC to announce verdict in Tallal Chaudry contempt case tomorrow
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ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court will announce its verdict in a contempt case filed against the former minister of state for interior Tallal Chaudry, on Thursday.

The former lawmaker has been ordered by the apex court to ensure his presence in court during tomorrow's proceedings, stirring concerns that he might be arrested in much the same fashion as his fellow Nehal Hashmi.

The court had reserved the verdict last month on July 11.

The top court had initiated contempt proceedings against Chaudry on account of "derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements" with regard to the court, according to a notification issued on February 2.

In his response to the contempt notice, Chaudhry wrote that scandalizing the court or doing anything that tends to bring the court into ‘hatred, ridicule or contempt’ is ‘not even the last thing on the respondent’s mind.’

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“Whatever has been said might have been taken into account without relevance to the context due to media reporting,” states the response.

"There is no allegation on the answering respondent that any action or conduct of the answering respondent tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending before the court."

Earlier, the top court had disqualified Nehal Hashmi as well as Danyal Aziz from holding public office for five years.