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Rana Shamim submits another apology in contempt of court case

September 17, 2022 02:20 PM


Denying the affidavit he had previously submitted in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the contempt of court against him, former chief judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Supreme Appellate Court Rana Shamim on Saturday submitted yet another apology in the court, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Shamim, whose first apology had not been accepted by the court, took the words of his affidavit back in the new one. 

On the last hearing of the case on September 6, 2022, the IHC had ordered the former judge to submit the list of witnesses by September 7.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah heard the case. “We have to clean this stain on the court. You have made an allegation in the affidavit. Now you have to prove it,” he said to Rana Shamim.

“As long as there is an affidavit, this court will not accept an unconditional apology. It is important that what is said is being said by whom. You have been a former chief judge; you must realise the seriousness of the matter,” he addressed Rana Shamim.

“If a common man commits such contempt of court, it will not be so serious. This affidavit has now become public, and it will affect the fair trial of cases pending in this court,” the IHC chief justice stated.

“If the affidavit was not published, it would be my personal document,” Rana Shamim said.

“This court will give you a full opportunity for a transparent trial. Call whoever you want to as a witness; this court will not stop you,” the IHC chief justice assured him.

“Provide the details of your witnesses by September 7,” IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked Shamim and the additional attorney general.

“This court considers every accused innocent until convicted. This court will not ask from the journalist about his source. Maybe you realise, and the court will give you a chance,” the IHC chief justice pointed out.

“I have realised that this affidavit should not have been made public,” Rana Shamim remarked.

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiyani



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