AGP’s absence in Supreme Court delays Awan’s contempt hearing

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 10:30:13 by

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing into contempt of court charges against former law minister Babar Awan till April 10 due to the absence of Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq during the hearing.

Awan appeared before the three-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.

Awan’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar said that according to the rules, the Supreme Court cannot indict Awan in the absence of the attorney general, who is the prosecutor in the case.

The attorney general is currently in Quetta where he is present before a hearing headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Awan will be indicted for addressing a press conference against an apex court injunction passed on December 1, 2011 over the formation of a judicial commission to probe the Memogate scandal.

He had said that by ordering the Memogate probe, the apex court had denied the right of a bipartisan and bicameral parliamentary committee on national security to hold an inquiry into the scandal.

However, in his written reply submitted before the court through his lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, Awan was keen to emphasise that he had no intention of criticising the judiciary.

Islamabad News Sources -2

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