SC seeks written reply from judge in contempt case
03 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has sought a written reply from CNS Peshawar special judge in a contempt case against him for summoning apex court's Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain due to his alleged association with SAIFCO, a firm culpable for dealing in narcotics.
A two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmad, heard the contempt case against CNS Peshawar Special Judge Muhammad Azim Khan Afridi, who on September 27 summoned the Supreme Court registrar on October 3 due to his links with a firm culpable for dealing in narcotics, as well as using scandalous language against the Supreme Court. The court had on Monday suspended Azim Khan Afridi's order against the SC registrar and issued a contempt notice to the judge for using derogatory language against the Supreme Court as well as the Judicial Commission of Pakistan.
The CNS Peshawar special judge had stated in his order that SC Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain viciously/maliciously abused his authority to the disadvantage of public and national interest and to favour the said firm (SAIFCO). "The platform of Judicial Commission was offered to SAIFCO by generating/fabricating and providing dustbin material for maligning, slandering and defaming and ousting the honest, noble judges and accommodating persons of otherwise character," Special Judge Afridi had said in the order.
He also said that in order to facilitate SAIFCO, Hussain attempted to use the services of the National Accountability Bureau through the Supreme Court Human Rights Cell. It is noteworthy that Afridi was a judge of the Islamabad High Court but the Judicial Commission dropped his name for confirmation on October 22. Appearing in person on Wednesday, Azim Afridi tried to submit oral submissions before bench but the court did not allow him to do so and asked him for a written reply in the contempt case.
Afridi also stated that he had strong reservations regarding the Supreme Court's contempt proceeding against him and said he should be allowed to give arguments in this case for one minute. When the court again refused to hear his oral arguments, Afridi said that if he is not heard then he should be punished today (Wednesday).
Later on, he stated that he would consult the Law Ministry for getting the assistance of a counsel in this case. But the bench told him that the Law Ministry could not provide the services of a lawyer in a contempt case. Afridi asked how would he engage a private counsel as his salary has been stopped. The court, however, asked him to file a written reply and adjourned the hearing until October 10.