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Contempt of Court: SC adjourns case hearing against Tallal Chaudhry till Monday
Contempt of Court: SC adjourns case hearing against Tallal Chaudhry till Monday
Published at: 5 month(s) ago

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday has adjourned the contempt of court hearing against Minister of State for Interior Affairs and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Tallal Chaudhry.

Appearing before the three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Tallal Chaudhry contended that he had requested noted lawyer Asma Jahangir as his counsel, but owing to her demise, he was at present without legal representation.

Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday after suffering a stroke.

The apex court has initiated contempt proceedings against Chaudhry on account of "derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements" with regard to the court, read a notification issued on Feb 2.

The notification further stated, "You have made derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements at public gatherings, telecast by different TV channels, which prima facie constitute interference with and obstruction of the process of the Court as well as aimed at belittling the stature of this Apex Court within the contemplation of Article 204 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003".

During the last hearing of the case on February 6, Chaudhry had sought time to finalise counsel.

The bench then gave the defendant a week to finalise his counsel and adjourned the hearing until February 13. Chaudhry was also directed to submit a response to the show-cause notice issued to him.

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