ISLAMABAD : A seven-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Monday framed charges against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for not writing letter to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Swiss court. He is the first prime minister of the country who has been indicted.
The bench comprising Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Athar Saeed after a brief proceedidngs of the contempt of court case framed the two-page charge sheet against the Prime Minister for non-compliance of the Supreme Court judgement on NRO.
The charge sheet said that the prime minister had violated Article 204 of the Constitution by not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities as ordered by the court. It added that the prime minister also violated paragraph 178 of the court s verdict in the NRO implementation case.
Prime Minister Gilani appeared before the Supreme Court bench in contempt case against him. Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, the head judge of the bench, read charges against the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Gilani denied charges against him and said he acted as per the advice given by the Ministry of Law and the legal experts.
The court exempted the Prime Minister from appearing before the bench in person in next hearing and the case adjourned till February 28.
The court then ordered Attorney General (AG) Maulvi Anwarul Haq to prosecute the case, giving him until February 16 and the defence until February 27 to file documents, which will then be recorded on February 28.
Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan appeared before the court as counsel of the Prime Minister and begged time till 24 for submission of reply as he was going out of the country and will come back by 21st.
The SC earlier this week rejected an intra-court appeal from Gilani and directed him to appear in the court so that it could frame charges against him.
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Asfandyar Wali Khan and federal ministers including Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Syed Khurshid Shah, Mir Changeze Jamali, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Rehman A Malik and Maula Bakhash Chandio, Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa and a large number of members of the Parliament and leaders belonging to PPP were also present in the court room during the contempt proceedings against the Prime Minister.
Stringent security measures were taken for the contempt proceedings in the apex court.