Contempt of court case dismissed by SC against Sharif brothers
Islamabad (Web Desk): The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to proceed against Sharif brothers the former premier Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for issuing contemptuous statements against judges.
Petitioner Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi moved the court to take action against Nawaz Sharif and his family members for anti-judiciary outbursts following his disqualification in Panama case.
The petitioner told the judges that Shahbaz committed contempt of court by issuing remarks against the judiciary. He quoted the chief minister as saying that judges as well as generals didn’t do justice.
Nawaz Sharif delivered speeches also against the six members of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) appointed by the apex court to probe the charges anchored in Panama Papers, the petitioner submitted.
Headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, the bench disposed of constitutional petitions seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Sharif brothers.
CJP Nisar said that the former PM had used inappropriate words against the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and not the court so it cannot be considered contempt of court.
The petitioner said the former premier had been severely criticizing the judiciary since July 28 when he was ousted from the office of the prime minister.
Meanwhile, the bench also took up a contempt case against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan pending disposal since 2014.
Hashmat Habib, the petitioner’s counsel, said he wanted to pursue the case to which the chief justice said he set a date for the hearing of the case.