SC adjourns contempt of court case against Imran for week

Hopefully Imran would have submitted correct and factual reply, Chief Justice

Picture source - supremecourt.gov.pk

Supreme Court (SC) has adjourned the hearing of the contempt of court case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for a week for violating its May 25 order.

Yesterday the federal government filed another petition in the Supreme Court seeking permission to present several tweets and screenshots of Imran Khan and the party leadership during the Long March on May 25 on which the Supreme Court had ordered the PTI chairman to submit a reply.

On November 16 Imran Khan submitted his detailed reply to the Supreme Court in which it was stated that the order of the Supreme Court was not deliberately disobeyed. Imran stated assured the court that he was not informed about the court order on the evening of May 25.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the contempt of court case against Imran Khan.

Chief Justice said that they hope Imran Khan’s lawyers will give the correct answer in the court. He said that they cannot issue any order on any expectation.

Public prosecutor Salman Butt said that they could submit a CDR in the court about May 25 violations as all the information had come on social media at that time. Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that the order given at that time was revealed in half an hour.

The court remarked that the petitioner submitted an application in which the details of the communication were given while the reply was submitted last night.

Chief Justice further said that the Supreme Court uses its authority cautiously and if their orders were insulted then action will be taken. He said that Imran Khan has submitted a detailed reply and hopefully, he would have submitted a correct and factual reply and therefore they were not issuing any order at present.

The supreme court adjourned the hearing of the case till next week.

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