Contempt plea: IHC summons petroleum minister

Contempt plea: IHC summons petroleum minister

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi tomorrow (Friday) for his alleged contemptuous remarks about the judgement of court regarding reopening of CNG stations.
A single-member bench, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, issued the directive while hearing a contempt plea against the minister, filed by Javed Akbar, a counsel for CNG station owners.
During the course of hearing, Justice Siddiqui remarked that the notice had been received by the Ministry of Petroleum but no one appeared before the court.
The deputy attorney general (DAG) apprised the bench that he did not receive any direction from the ministry on the contempt notice issue.
Justice Siddiqui observed that challenging the court order was right of the minister but he was not supposed to ridicule the judiciary with such remarks.
The petitioner has said in his application that during a press conference, the petroleum minister had made mockery of IHC orders whereby the court had granted stay order against the government’s decision on suspension of gas supply to the areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad region zone-1.
At a press conference on January 11, Abbasi had said there had been a serious gas crisis in the country for three weeks because of cold weather and higher demand of gas and an IHC decision to restore gas supply to CNG stations. 
He also said that some CNG operators had filed a petition “the Islamabad High Court unfortunately accepted and ordered provision of gas to CNG stations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad”.

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