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SC issues second show-cause to Babar Awan

05 January, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) was hearing the Bhutto reference case on Thursday and issued second show-cause notice to senator Babar Awan over contempt of court, our sources reported. The hearing was adjourned till January 9.

During today's hearing, PPP leader and federation's lawyer Senator Babar Awan was reprimanded after the video of his Wednesday's statement ridiculing show cause notices was played in the courtroom.

The court then issued another show-cause notice to him and warned of canceling his license. He was directed to submit his reply by January 9 and adjourned the hearing.

Justice Jawwad, while hearing the case, remarked that it was not contempt but insult of judiciary on which Awan replied that he did not insult but praise the court.

President of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Yaseen Azad and Vice Chairman of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Lateef Afridi protested over Awan's reply however they asked the court to remain patient.

The CJ asked the PPP senator to bring his file having details of his license. He said that no one has the right to ridicule courts and that his behaviour was not appropriate.

Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan Chaudhry Iftikhar on Thursday took notice of PPP leader Senator Babar Awan's statement while talking to media on Wednesday where he belittled the issuing of contempt notices by the Supreme Court (SC) to him and some of other PPP colleagues by ridiculing it, our sources reported.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has also asked for the relevant video clips and newspaper cuttings that will be presented during the hearing.

The CJ reprimanded Awan and said that nothing can be done unless courts would not be respected. On this, Awan said that the court could not give a decision without hearing him.

Talking to media persons after the hearing of the Bhutto reference case in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Babar Awan said it was not the first instance that such treatment was meted out to him by the courts.

He recited a verse in Seraiki language to relate the situation: "Notice milya, kakh na hilleya, kiun sohneyan da gila karan; ma lakh wari Bismillah karan," meaning that "the notice was issued but nothing happened, so why should I complain. I'll always welcome such moves."

The PPP leader said this in reaction to the show cause notices sent to him and other PPP leaders by the Supreme Court for their press conference in which they used objectionable language against the judiciary.

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