The Supreme Court disqualified on Thursday PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry from holding public office for five years after it found him guilty of committing contempt of court.
The former state interior minister was found guilty of violating Article 204 of the Constitution. Chaudhry was sentenced ’till the rising of the court’ . The bench will rise by 11am and the PML-N leader will be considered jailed during these one-and-a-half hours. The court also fined him Rs0.1 million.
PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb and Musaddaq Malik have also arrived at the court.
Chaudhry lost the election on Faisalabad’s NA-102 seat on July 25.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of Chaudhry’s “contemptuous” speeches against the judiciary on February 1.
“There was a time when the Kaabah was filled with idols and now the judiciary, the country’s highest institution, is also full of PCO idols,” the PML-N leader had said at a public gathering on January 24. “Nawaz Sharif, throw them out, throw him out of the court. They will not give justice but will continue their injustices.”
The court indicted the PML-N leader for committing contempt of court on March 15.
On July 11, a three-member bench, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, had reserved its verdict in the case.
Earlier on February 1, the Supreme Court had sentenced another PML-N leader, Senator Nehal Hashmi, in a contempt case to one-month imprisonment and barred him from holding public office for the next five years.