Tallal Chaudhry’s indictment in contempt case postponed

  • Case was not about disrespecting an individual but an institution, remarks Justice Maqbool

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed indictment of State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudry in a contempt case for one day.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had decided to frame charges against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader during today’s hearing but was deferred on his counsel’s request.

Chaudry appeared before the court and pleaded the court to hear his arguments before the indictment, to which, Justice Ejaz remarked that the accused can plead his case after framing of charges. The judge added that they did not want to waste their time.

Kamran Murtaza, counsel for PML-N leader, argued that the court had shown leniency in such case in the past.

Justice Maqbool Baqar observed that the case was not about disrespecting an individual but an institution.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing for a day after the counsel informed the bench that he has to attend a funeral today.

Chaudry has been provided a copy of the charge-sheet and will frame the charges tomorrow (Thursday).

On Feb 1, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the anti-judiciary speeches by PML-N leader Tallal Chaudhry.

The case was initiated after Chaudhry was seen launching a tirade against judiciary at the ruling party’s recent rally in Jaranwala where PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz also criticised Supreme Court and judges.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court formally indicted Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz in a case regarding anti-judiciary speeches.

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