Supreme Court to hear contempt cases against Imran, Nawaz on April 4
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday fixed contempt of court petitions for hearing against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on April 4.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar will hear the case on Wednesday, April 4.
A lawyer Naseer Ahmed Kayani has filed a petition against Imran Khan, accusing him of committing contempt of court by using derogatory language against former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
The bench headed by the chief justice will also hear another contempt petition against former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on the same day.
A lawyer has filed two separate contempt of court petitions against Nawaz Sharif and Iftikhar Chaudhry. Both the petitions are based on the provision of a bullet-proof vehicle to Chaudhry.
The apex court bench headed by the chief justice had rejected a petition seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against Sharif for his alleged tirade against the judiciary during his GT Road journey to Lahore from Islamabad.
The bench had observed that the court would like to exercise restraint, further adding that not enough material had been produced to initiate contempt proceedings.
In January this year, the Islamabad High Court had admitted for hearing a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz for criticizing the judiciary in their speeches.
Advocate Adnan Iqbal has taken the Sharif family to the high court for severely criticizing the judiciary in the wake of disqualification of the thrice-elected premier at the hands of the apex court in the Panama Papers case.
The petitioner submitted that the duo had been inciting hatred against the judiciary in their speeches, which constituted contempt of court.
He stated they had made anti-judiciary remarks in their recent speeches at Punjab House and Kot Momin’s public meeting.
The petitioner, thus, pleaded with the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against them and direct the Pemra to restrain television channels from airing their contemptuous speeches.