SC reserves verdict in contempt proceedings against Tallal

Babar Anwar
ISLAMABAD
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved the judgment in contempt of court proceedings against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Tallal Chaudry.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed reserved the judgment after completion of arguments by Kamran Murtaza, the counsel for Talal.
While reserving the judgment, the court directed PML-N leader to ensure his presence in the court during the announcement of the decision, adding that the date of the judgment could not be announced at this time.
During the course of proceedings, Kamran Murtaza, pleaded that the proceedings against his client were taken up on the basis of two speeches that had three-minute duration each, however, the reasons for contempt were not listed in the notice issued to Talal,” he argued.
Murtaza further argued that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had not even taken an immediate notice of both speeches of his client.
To this, Justice Gulzar said “the court will not take lead from Pemra to reach a verdict; it will base its decision on the law”.
Tallal’s counsel requested the court to show judicial restraint in the present case as it had taken in the case of Nehal Hashmi and withdrew contempt notice against Hashmi.
Justice Gulzar said that Nehal Hashmi immediately asked apology over contemptuous remarks against judiciary but your client pleaded the case and not ready to admit his mistake.
Subsequently the court reserved judgment to announce it later.
The apex court on Monday withdrew the option from Tallal Chaudhry to present witnesses in the contempt case against him.

The top court had initiated contempt proceedings against the PML-N leader, who was serving as state minister at the time, on account of “derogatory and contemptuous speeches ” with regard to the court, according to a notification issued on February 2.

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