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CJP takes suo motu of Talal Chaudhry’s contemptuous speeches

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took a suo motu notice of “contemptuous speeches” against judiciary made by PML-N leader and state minister Talal Chaudhry.
The court will hear the matter against the state minister for interior affairs on February 6, when Cahudhry has also been asked to appear. In a speech in PML-N’s rally in Jarranwala last week, Chaudhry had said; “There was an era when the Kaabah was full of idols. Today, the judiciary, which is the country’s highest institution, is also full of PCO [Provisional Constitution Order] idols.”
“Mian Nawaz Sharif, throw them out, throw him out of the court. They will not give justice but will continue their injustices.” He said that despite the PML-N President Sharif doing so much for the country, “they say that somebody else should become the prime minister.”
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has already served notices to Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Rana Sanaullah in a contempt of court petition regarding the same gathering.
Earlier in the day, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court sentenced Senator Nehal Hashmi to one-month imprisonment, barred him from holding public office for the next five years, and imposed a fine of Rs50,000 for what were deemed as contemptuous remarks against the judiciary.