ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s request to access the record of contempt of court case Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
The Registrar’s Office stated that the former chief justice was not a party in the case and could not be provided a copy of the record. However, the lawyer of the former chief justice, Ahsanuddin Sheikh, said an appeal would be filed against the decision of the Registrar’s Office, as documents pertaining to the case were now part of the public record. Sheikh had submitted an application for the provision of record on July 26.
The Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to Imran Khan in July last year for his use of the word “shameful” for the judiciary. But following Imran’s appearance in the court, the judges were convinced with his argument that he had used the word in reference to the biased role of the presiding officers of the election commission during the 2013 general polls. Iftikhar Chaudhry had recently filed a defamation case against Imran for accusing him of being hand in glove with the PML-N to rig the last general elections.
Iftikhar had sought the record of the contempt case against Imran in support of his defamation charges against him. According to the Supreme Court rules, “a party to any cause, matter or appeal who has appeared shall be allowed to search, inspect or get copies of all pleadings and other documents or records in the case”.
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