ISLAMABAD: Five-strong larger bench of the Supreme Court (SC) will resume hearing the identical petitions filed against new Contempt of Court Law 2012, SAMAA reports Thursday.
Meantime, Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir submitted to the apex court the record containing the proceedings of the Parliament in connection with the adoption of new law.
Heading the bench, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry remarked the Constitution does not permit a man to call bad names to the court on the basis of immunity, adding nobody has the right to denigrate the judiciary; even no one is allowed to disobey the order given by magistrate’s court.
It should be mentioned here that the lawyers are today observing strike countrywide to express solidarity with the judiciary.
Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja remarked precept of law for the poor and immunity for the elites, will prove detrimental to the society.
Defiance of the judicial order, the Chief Justice Chaudhry asserted, is tantamount to negation of numerous constitutional articles, querying, “Does the immunity enjoyed under Article-248-1 admit of denial of other articles?”
He furthermore added disobedience to the judicial orders stands in violation of Article-5.
Terming the new law as a dead law, AK Dogar argued no law can abolish the definition of contempt of court enshrined in the Article-204 of the Constitution.
Justice Khwaja said if the immunity is acquiesced upon, then even a draftsman can put the court orders in abeyance.
Chief Justice said how the president and the governors will receive immunity, if the court did not give it to a Prime Minister. SAMAA
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