ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court served one other contempt of court docket discover to Particular Adviser to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan.
The particular adviser has been instructed to clarify in writing why she shouldn’t be convicted for contempt.
The one-judge bench, nonetheless, accepted her apology on an earlier contempt discover concerning her criticism of the court docket’s choice to grant former premier Nawaz Sharif bail on medical grounds.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief wanted to persuade the court docket why she shouldn’t be convicted for prison contempt underneath Part 5 of the Contempt of Court docket Ordinance 2003 and gave her three days to submit the written clarification.
The discover stated Awan “tried to offer an impression” that the IHC had prolonged “particular dispensation” to the previous premier. It additionally noticed that her October 29 assertion “quantities to prejudicing the pending proceedings”.
“By doing so, you prima-facie made an try to affect proceedings of a pending enchantment and acted with intent to thwart the course of justice and thereby dedicated prison contempt.”
Court docket proceedings
Through the listening to, Justice Minallah censured Awan for politicising judicial issues. “You mocked our choice to grant bail on medical grounds and stated you wished the courts supplied reduction to the widespread man as nicely.”
Justice Minallah stated Nawaz was granted bail after the government-constituted medical board knowledgeable the excessive court docket that his situation was crucial.
The chief justice additional noticed that creating doubts in regards to the judiciary in peoples’ hearts was not good for the nation.
Awan was additionally censured by the bench for trying to sway public notion on a sub-judice matter. “You tried to make a pending court docket case controversial,” stated Justice Minallah as he directed court docket workers to learn out guidelines for pressing appeals to the PM’s adviser.
“Pressing appeals will be filed at any time – the courts are by no means off-duty. In case your legislation minister has not briefed you on this, please seek the advice of any lawyer current right here.”
Justice Minallah additionally noticed that Awan’s assertion was unwarranted for a spokesperson of the federal authorities. He expressed hope that her phrases didn’t echo Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sentiment.
The listening to was then adjourned until Tuesday and directed Awan to look in-person. The particular adviser requested a change within the date citing the weekly federal cupboard assembly.
Denying the request, Justice Minallah stated the assembly will be held within the district court docket so the cupboard sees the state of courts.