Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Contempt case sought against Fawad for predicting outcome of pending references

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ISLAMABAD: A plea was made before an accountability court to initiate action against Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry for predicting outcome of the pending references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Advocate Zubair Khalid, counsel for Mr Sharif, during the hearing of Flagship Investment reference, requested the judge Mohammad Arshad Malik to take notice of Mr. Chaudhry’s statement in which he said Sharif would go to jail.

Read: Nawaz Sharif will go back to jail, says information minister

“How could a minister make such a claim?” wondered the defence counsel, while arguing that this was something against the prestige of the court.

Judge Malik responded by saying that he was not watching TV nowadays. When Advocate Khalid produced a transcript of the news report about Mr Chaudhry’s claim, the judge said he could file an application against the minister if he wanted to.

The counsel said Section 16-B of the NAO stated: “The court shall have the power to punish for contempt of court with imprisonment for a term that may extend to six months and with fine which may extend to one million rupees any person who — abuses, interferes with or obstructs the process of the court in any way or disobeys any order or direction of the court; scandalizes the court or otherwise does anything which tends to bring the court or a person constituting the court into hatred, ridicule or contempt; does anything which tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending or most likely to come up before the court; or does anything, which, by any other law, constitutes contempt of court.”

Talking to a private TV channel on Thursday, Fawad Chaudhry said that Nawaz Sharif would go back to jail due to his cases being proceeded by National Accountability Bureau in a proper manner.

He claimed that Nawaz Sharif was involved in transferring millions of rupee in a driver, cook and other security guard accounts besides transferring heavy amount to his daughter’s account.

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