SC decides to indict 9 PCO judges in contempt of court case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday decided to formally charge nine of the eleven Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts in contempt of the apex Court by willfully disobeying the Order passed by a 7-member bench on November 3, 2007 instructing the judges not to take any oath outside the Constitution.

The nine former judges in the dock include the former Chief Justice of Pakistan A. H. Dogar, two former chief justices of Lahore High Court namely Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry and Syed Zahid Hussain who was later elevated to the Supreme Court but later confined to his chamber. He was not included in the full court benches than heard the NRO and 18th Amendment cases.

The Court has dropped the proceedings against two judges of the Lahore High Court on their plea that they were not member of LHC when the 7-judges passed the order on 3-11-07 and can’t be accused of violating that Order. Both Khurshid Anwar Bhinder and Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry had taken oath under PCO in December, 2007.

The Court in a separate order rejected the plea that contempt proceedings be initiated against Pervez Musharraf and his military subordinates who staged the judicial coup on Nov. 3.

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