ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Interior Affairs Tallal Chaudry’s Contempt case against the honorary courts has been adjourned till March 6 by The Supreme Court of Pakistan, presided by Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heading a three member bench.
The apex court began the contempt proceedings against Chaudry on account of “derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements” against the court, according to a notification issued on February 2.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan inquired if the defendant had submitted his response to which the latter responded, “Whatever has been said might have been taken into account without relevance to the context due to media reporting,” he had written in his initial response.
Tallal, who had appeared for the hearing without his legal counsel, informed the court about the adjournment request of his lawyer — who is on official leave until March 5, Tallal’s legal Initial legal aide Asma Jehangir succumbed to a heart attack leading to her death and then he was given time to arrange a new counsel for his defence.
Chaudry’s new counsel, Kamran Murtaza, had sought 10 days from the bench to prepare for the case on February 19. However, the three-member bench, had granted a week’s time to the defence counsel and adjourned the hearing.