Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court to form lager bench to hear National Assembly speaker’s ruling case against the PM.
The chief justice said sentence in contempt case is directly linked with ineligibility of a person.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of petitions pertaining to the ruling of NA Speaker after Supreme Court had convicted Prime Minister Gilani for the contempt of the court.
At the start of hearing Friday, Aitzaz Ahsan urged that a larger bench should be constituted
as the issue was very sensitive.
He said his client had accepted the sentence but not disqualification, adding that not every sentence means ineligibility of the Member of the Parliament.
The chief justice remarked that Aitzaz Ahsan cannot argue over appeal in this case and said his client accepted the sentence.
The CJP also said that PM Gilani should have appealed the verdict in contempt case on which Aitzaz Ahsan maintained that his client was sentenced but was not declared disqualified and for that reason he did not move appeal against the verdict.
Aitzaz said that the Speaker’s office was not a ‘post office’, adding that the speaker too has the right to use her mind. He also questioned objectivity of the seven-member bench.
“I myself am a judge,” remarked Justice Chaudhry. “I will not let you speak this way about the judges,” the CJ added.
At the outset of the hearing Attorney General Irfan Qadir came to the rostrum and said he did not make any indecent posture during hearing of the case Thursday. He said the proceedings were misreported in media.Furher hearing of the case has been adjourned to June 18 next.