A five-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jilani resumed hearing of various identical petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act 2012 on Wednesday.
During today’s proceedings, the lawyers representing the petitioners in the case continued their arguments against the contempt law. Advocate Abdul Rehman Siddiqui argued that the Parliament cannot legislate a law against the fundamental rights, freedom of judiciary and Islamic laws.
The advocate further added that the new contempt law was itself an act of court contempt under article 202-D.
Highlight the contempt cases against Babar Awan, prime minister, attorney general and Malik Riaz, the advocate maintained that the law was made to provide immunity to few people.
Chief justice remarked that no one was allowed to ridicule judiciary. The bench sought the record of the parliament s debate over legislation of the contempt bill.
The lawyer of the federation requested the bench to grant some time to produce the record.
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