ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad has adjourned the hearing of contempt of court case against former state minister and Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Talal Chaudhary till July 9.
During the proceedings on Thursday, the bench said that all the witnesses should appear before it on the next hearing. During the May 21 hearing, Talal insisted that he never intended to commit contempt of court and that he was not a habitual offender.
He had said that he had delivered thousands of speeches, but no-one, including the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), had raised any objection. He had said that the word ‘PCO’ had consistently been used in the past and that he was only using it as a symbolic reference.
He pointed out that the same word (PCO judges) was also used by activists of the lawyers’ movement and the Charter of Democracy. The PML-N leader said that he was a law graduate and a political worker belonging to a middle-class family. During the election campaign, he said that his political rivals were campaigning in his constituency, making people believe that he would be convicted.
But he said that he reposed confidence in the apex court and believed that justice would prevail. On March 15, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court indicted Talal on contempt of court charges.