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SC issues contempt notice to Ashraf


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The Supreme Court of Pakistan.—File Photo.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued contempt of court notice to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the rental power projects case.

The court issued the notice to Ashraf for trying to influence it by writing a letter to the Chief Justice, asking him to constitute a commission to investigate the RPP case.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case.

The chief justice remarked that Raja Pervez Ashraf attempted to approach the court for a separate commission which was tantamount to seeking “favours from the court without the completion of the due process.”

The court also observed that the writing a letter in his official capacity also amounted to influencing the court.

“It could have been possible for him to appear in person or through a counsel instead of writing the letter.”

The court added that Ashraf had already exhausted legal remedies.

“We direct notice to be issued to Raja Pervez Ashraf under the article 204(3) read with contempt of court ordinance of 2003 to file a reply as to why contempt proceeding should not be initiated against him,” the court ordered.

Adjourning the hearing, the bench ordered Ashraf to appear before the court in two weeks time.

Comments (24) Closed

shahgee Mar 28, 2013 06:31am
Supreme Court needs to calm down, they are taking too much interest in the functioning of the State and none in convicting terrorists.
Naila Mar 28, 2013 06:46am
He is a disgrace .. should have been behind bars long time ago.
shankar Mar 28, 2013 06:53am
The CJ is back to his old ways!
TamzaK Mar 28, 2013 08:16am
former PM Ashraf you mean. Probably never should have been out in the last 20 years.
TamzaK Mar 28, 2013 08:17am
At this stage of Pakistan the judges MUST be even more active in managing the corrupt politicians.
Arshad Patel,Ohio,USA Mar 28, 2013 08:23am
How many terrorists did the last PPP government bring to courts ? Is this the duty of Supreme court to deal with the terrorists ?
observer Mar 28, 2013 09:07am
Do the judges think they are kings? Or are they doing election campaign of their personal favorites? (Dawn please publish this comment in time)
Parvez Mar 28, 2013 09:13am
I am surprised 4 people disagree with you.
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 28, 2013 09:15am
A corrupt PM who was a disgrace in the eyes of the world
Bakka Mar 28, 2013 09:58am
So he should, corrupt politicians have drained financial resources of Pakistan. It's high time they are held accountable for their misdeeds.
Bakka Mar 28, 2013 10:04am
Although the justice system in Pakistan requires much improvement but the CJ is making concerted efforts to play his part. With regards to failure to convicting terrorists, this is more often due to lack of inferior quality of invetigation, which is often of flawed due to incompetencies of our law enforcing agencies.
haris Mar 28, 2013 10:06am
if you call it 'State functioning' then please wake up you are still in a sleep.
Ali Mar 28, 2013 10:22am
Lazy Judicial System....
Salman Mar 28, 2013 12:39pm
This CJ is the world chanpion in issuing contempt notices and suo moto - for goodness sake get on with clearing the backlog of cases and do the job that you are meant to do.
Ali Mar 28, 2013 01:07pm
The court has just become ridiculous now!!!
havi Mar 28, 2013 01:19pm
That's the trick of corrupt former premiere Raja Ashraf to keep Supreme court in-tangled so that backlog remains as is. I salute supreme court to make sure justice would be served so don't worry about backlog as long as frontlog be handled professionally backlog would be feathered out
Malick Mar 28, 2013 01:29pm
CJ needs to change himself, CJ is questionable on contempt and sou motu cases.
Atique Mar 28, 2013 01:35pm
He must face full weight of law for the corruption he committed.
Abdullah Hussain Mar 28, 2013 02:01pm
No guilty high-ups should be spared of punishment
observer Mar 28, 2013 04:15pm
He is there to run election campaign of his favorite pro-Zia parties and punish PPP for not restoring him on its own.
observer Mar 28, 2013 04:16pm
Like citizens, like courts.
hashmi Mar 28, 2013 04:47pm
what else SC has done except issuing notices to the government , this is not going to be continued let the other government come in power.
Mustafa Mar 28, 2013 05:18pm
It is unfortunate that letter of law is being applied to petty harmless incidents but no one thinks or does anything about militant and terrorist leaders who have created a state within state and their armed men roam in remote areas of Pakistan armed with machine guns and dangerous weapons and who have killed thousands of innocent human beings in Pakistan and will continue to do so without fear.
Mustafa Mar 28, 2013 07:26pm
Does the world care about Pakistan and its PM even if it was true that the PM was corrupt and what you said was truth?