Defamation case against Khan adjourned without proceedings

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Hearing of former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s defamation and compensation claim case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was adjourned till May 30 without any proceedings due to the absence of judge on Saturday.

The hearing was to be held in District and Session Court but was adjourned as Judge Tanveer Mir was on leave. The hearing was of great importance as earlier Sessions Court granted a last chance to Imran Khan to submit reply until May 16.

Assistant of Khan’s counsel Babar Awan, Khawar Ali Meer filed a plea in the court stating that the Sessions Court is not authorized to hold hearing of any compensation claim which is more than Rs 200 million. He expressed resentment over the plaintiff’s counsel for not submitting court dues of the case.

However, ex-CJP’s counsel Sheikh Ahsanuddin said that the defense counsel is repeatedly filing pleas regarding court’s jurisdiction whereas the court has already given verdict over the issue.

Plaintiff’s counsel Taufeeq Asif said that PTI chairman is not interested in submitting reply in the case.

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