ISLAMABAD, July 25 (TNS): Hearing the false reporting case against Jang and Geo group on Tuesday, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said the court was intentionally defamed.
During the contempt of court case hearing against the said group for publishing incorrect report regarding the fourth and final report submitted by the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to the court, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan remarked, “The apex court was defamed on purpose.” “Fake news was published by Jang Group to vilify apex court and joint investigation team,” he added.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, addressing the counsel of Jang and Geo group, observed, “The story you published in your newspaper against the Panama JIT bounced back and you had to tender apology over the false reporting.” Justice Sheikh also said the Jang group published some incorrect news stories regarding stock market as well.
During Monday’s proceedings, Jang Group and its reporter Ahmad Noorani submitted their replies.
In his reply, Noorani stated that he had sent the questions to the registrar via Whatsapp before contacting the SC judge. He also stated that he then tried to contact the house servants when he was unable to speak to the judge. The judge picked his first call which was made at 08.11 pm.
The judge said that he speaks in courts and the verdicts,” Noorani stated.
The reporter added that when he contacted the judge for the second time at 08.14 pm, the judge said that the affected person should contact the court regarding the matter.
Jang Group Owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman and Mir Javed-ur-Rehman, in their replies, stated that many news channels along with Geo News aired the content of the news leak in the wrong context. They pleaded that a single news channel should not be accused of contempt of court. He added, ‘Whatever happened, we express our repentance over it.’
They pleaded the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take back the contempt of court notice which was issued to them.
Expressing exasperation over half-finished reply, the SC instructed Jang Group to submit additional documents and complete reply in the court. The hearing was adjourned till August 22.
SC had issued contempt notice to Jang Group over news published by English daily The News International.
While quoting the sources close to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case against Sharif family, The News International stated that the JIT has not held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible of any wrongdoing.
“The JIT has cast some doubts about the prime minister in absence of any reasonable evidence but at no place has held the Prime Minister responsible of doing any illegal thing,” the paper reported.