Tallal Chaudhry to appear before Supreme Court in contempt case today

Tallal Chaudhry to appear before Supreme Court in contempt case today

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Affairs and Tallal Chaudhry is expected to appear before the Supreme Court hearing contempt case against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) representative today.
The apex court initiated contempt proceedings against State Minister Talal Chaudhry on account of “derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements” with regard to the honourable court, read a notification.
“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,” it said.
During the last hearing on February 6, the court gave Tallal Chaudhry one week time in the contempt of court case initiated against him.
Earlier, after sentencing former PML-N senator Nehal Hashmi to one month in prison and disqualification from the parliament for five years in the contempt of court case, the Supreme Court summoned Minister of State for Interior Tallal Chaudhry over the charges of contempt of the higher judiciary.
Addressing a public gathering in Jaranwala, the PML-N stalwart had said: “There was a time when the Kaabah was filled with idols and now the judiciary, the country’s highest institution, is also full of PCO [Provisional Constitution Order] idols.”
Following the verdict on Nehal Hashmi, Tallal Chaudhry regretted the decision and questioned if others who committee contempt would also be taken to task, or is the PML-N the only target.
“You cannot force respect through fear,” he remarked.

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