SC dismisses contempt plea against Punjab CM

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a contempt petition filed by a government employee against Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab chief secretary as the matter is sub judice in the Lahore High Court. A two-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the petition and directed the petitioner to approach the proper forum for filing the contempt petition. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan remarked “that every contempt petition cannot be filed in the apex court”. Punjab additional advocate general appeared before the top court and stated that the petitioner Muhammad Bilal was restored and the matter was sub judice in the Lahore High Court and the relevant record presented in the apex court, during the proceeding. The counsel for Bilal quoting the Aneeta Turab case pleaded the court that the decision taken by the CM Punjab comes in the ambit of the contempt of court. The court was told that the petitioner had already resorted to Lahore High Court under article 199 of the constitution and the matter is sub judice. The top court after hearing both sides dismissed the contempt petition against CM Punjab and Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that the apex court in its judgment of the Aneeta Turab case has provided complete guidelines in this regard. 

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