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Police ordered to produce Faisal Raza Abidi in court in contempt case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed police to ensure that former senator Faisal Raza Abidi appears in court in a contempt of court case on next hearing.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, gave this direction after Abidi’s failure to appear in court despite its notice.

The bench directed the police officials concerned to ensure Abidi’s presence in court.

The judges were informed that the anchor and producer of the program wherein anti-judiciary remarks were aired have been fired from their jobs.

“The channel should be ashamed,” the chief justice remarked, adding that such channel should be taken off air. Where is Faisal Raza Abidi who used abusive language”, he asked.

“Didn’t you watch the program before airing it,” the top adjudicator asked the chief executive officer (CEO) of the channel who was present in court.

“We issue a contempt of court notice to the channel,” he said and directed him to submit a reply.

He told the court that these were the views of Abidi and didn’t reflect those of the channel. The channel has also been running an apology for airing the program, he added.

The court issued a contempt notice to the channel to furnish its reply within ten days. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 03.

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