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Apex court warns Tallal Chaudhry to ensure counsel’s presence at next hearing in contempt case

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court hearing contempt of court case against former state interior minister, Tallal Chaudhry, has warned him to ensure the presence of his lawyer at the next hearing.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed headed the three member bench and it directed the PML-N leader on Tuesday to make sure the presence of his counsel on next hearing.

In today’s hearing, Kamran Murtaza, legal counsel of Tallal Chaudhry did not appear in court and the defense associate informed the court that Murtaza is unwell and also busy with weddings of his niece and nephew.

During the hearing, Justice Ahmed remarked that two justices have come from Karachi specifically for this case and adding that state has spent money on bringing the judges to Islamabad for the hearing.

PML-N leader requested the court that he is going through the process of taking part in the upcoming general election and stated that after the July 25 polls, the court can conclude the case in two days if it so desires.

The former state minister is vying to contest the July 25 polls from Faisalabad’s NA-102 constituency.

In reply, Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that taking part in elections is Tallal Chaudhry personal matter and adding that the court has no concern with it.

The court then directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority General Manager Mohammad Tahir to ensure his presence at the next hearing and adjourned proceedings until June 21.

Chaudry was held in contempt after he made anti judiciary remarks at a party rally earlier this year.

 

 

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