Looks like govt committed contempt of court in Shehbaz case: SC

By: News Desk      Published: 04:48 PM, 25 May, 2021
Shehbaz Sharif case
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The Supreme Court has remarked “if we cast a cursory look, it seems that the government has committed contempt of court by flouting the order of Lahore High Court in which the government was directed to let the PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif fly abroad”, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing a government appeal against the LHC decision regarding letting PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif fly down to England for medical treatment.

The apex court has summoned the Lahore High Court record of the case. It also issued notices to all parties including Shehbaz Sharif.

The case was heard by a two-member bench headed by Justice Ijazul Hassan.

While giving his arguments, the attorney general said it was not the issue that somebody was allowed to go abroad, the objectionable thing was the procedure the court adopted to decide the case. 

He said objections were raised on the petition submitted to the Lahore High Court on last Friday of Ramazan. 

The attorney general said that he respected opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif but law was equal for all. 

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah remarked that Shehbaz had withdrawn his petition from the Lahore High Court. How federal government appeal could be heard after the withdrawal of the case, the justice asked.

Justice Ijaz wondered if there was a bar on person to leave the country who had already obtained bail. 

Attorney general explained that had the court allowed the federal government to explain its point of view, the court would have been duly informed that Shehbaz’s name was placed on the Exit Control List. 

Justice Shah remarked since there was no question of Shehbaz’s going abroad now, the matter before the apex court was that whether the contempt of court was committed or not. 

But the attorney general said through Shehbaz’s contempt of court plea, the respondent could seek implantation of high court order that allowed him to depart to the UK.

The apex court rejected attorney general’s plea to issue notice to the NAB.

The hearing was adjourned till next Wednesday.