Tallal Chaudhry given one week to file response to contempt notice 


ISLAMABAD Feb 06 (TNS):  Minister of State for Interior Affairs Tallal Chaudhry was served on Tuesday a show-cause notice by the Supreme Court over his contemptuous remarks and given a week to file a response.

Chaudhry arrived in court along with senior party leaders, including Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and state minister Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, to appear before a three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justices Maqbool Baqar and Faisal Arab, in the contempt of court case initiated against him.

As the Minister of State requested the court for three weeks to finalize counsel, Justice Ejaz questioned why he has not sought adjournment for three months or three years even.

Chaudhry responded that lawyers are busy with cases and thus he could not arrange one.

The bench then gave the defendant a week to finalize his counsel and adjourned the hearing until February 13.

Speaking to media Tallal Chaudhry said he never committed contempt of court and never held any intention to do so, either.

“What I said was about PCO [Provisional Constitutional Order] judges. I never took the name of any [particular] judge nor hinted at any [judge],” said the State Minister.