AG to appear in SC, tomorrow.

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq will have to appear before the Supreme Court in the NRO case as well as the judicial commission investigating the `memogate` on Monday because his application for time adjustment was rejected by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.
The attorney general has been summoned by the apex court and he is expected to inform the court which of the six options given by it to the government for the implementation of the NRO verdict should be considered by a seven-judge bench.
He had moved an application for time adjustment on Thursday, but Chief Justice Chaudhry turned it down and said: `Both the matters (NRO implementation case and memo issue) are very important and have already been fixed by the commission and this court, therefore, any order passed for adjustment will likely cause delay in the respective proceedings.
The attorney general failed to get a response from the court to his second application on the issue moved on Friday.
The three-judge judicial commission is holding its probe in the Islamabad High Court building, about 12km from the Supreme Court.
`On Friday also I had filed the same application before the larger bench for time adjustment, but till 4pm on Saturday when I left my office I had not received any reply (from the bench),` the attorney general told Dawn.
He said the commission`s proceedings were equally important because it was constituted by the apex court.
The seven-member SC bench was constituted after a fivejudge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in a hard-hitting order on Jan 10 referred the NRO case back to the chief justice, with a desirability to be heard by a larger bench on Jan 16.
It had asked the attorney general to get instructions from the government and argue before the court why it should not exercise any of the six or all the given options.
The attorney general, Law Secretary Masood Chishtie, National Accountability Bureau Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari and NAB Prosecutor General K.K. Agha are required to appear before the apex court on Monday.
The court had warned that it had the option of actions, including contempt of court proceedings which could attract Article 62 of the Constitution that entails disqualification.

link: http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/15/ag-to-appear-before-sc-memo-commission-tomorrow.html
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