ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a contempt of court notice to Minister of State for Interior Affairs Tallal Chaudhry.
The apex court has initiated contempt proceedings against State Minister Talal Chaudhry on account of “derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements” with regard to the honourable court, read a notification issued Thursday.
“You have made derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements at public gatherings, telecast by different TV channels, which prima facie constitute interference with and obstruction of the process of the Court as well as aimed at belittling the stature of this Apex Court within the contemplation of Article 204 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003,” it said.
The case has been fixed for hearing on February 6.
Earlier in the day, the apex court announced its verdict in the contempt case of Senator Nehal Hashmi, sentencing him to one-month imprisonment and Rs50,000 fine.
The Supreme Court also ruled that Hashmi stood disqualified from holding public office for of five years under Article 63 (1)(g) of the constitution.
The Supreme Court had served Hashmi with a contempt notice following a speech to workers in Karachi last year, in which he had threatened the prime minister’s unidentified ‘enemies’.