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SC rejects Defence Secretary’s appeal; upholds indictment orders

SC rejects Defence Secretary’s appeal; upholds indictment orders

suISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected the intra-court appeal of Defence Secretary lt. Gen. (retd) Asif Yasin Malik and upheld his indictment over contempt of court charges.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court Headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk delivered the verdict after completion of the hearing on the intra-court pleas of Asif Yasin Malik.

Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar in his arguments opposed the intra-court pleas. He said that at this time intra-court appeal could not be filed. He said that the trial court had given chance to defence secretary for presenting his point of view but he wasted this opportunity.

The counsel for defence secretary, Iftikahr Gilani advocate presented his arguments during the proceedings. The court after hearing the arguments of Shah Khawar reserved the judgment.

The court while announcing judgment said the arguments which has been given by Iftikhar Gilani could not be heard at this stage. The court said that these arguments could be presented in the trial court. The court dismissed the plea on the above mentioned reasons.

The court rejected the appeal filed by the Defence Secretary and upheld a three-member bench’s ruling for his formal charge-sheeting him over his failure in holding local body elections in cantonment boards.

After the dismissal of the intra-court appeal, the Supreme Court will start contempt of court proceedings against the defence secretary on November 20.

A three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had indicted the defence secretary for not complying with its orders to hold local bodies (LB) elections in cantonment boards.

The Supreme Court had halted contempt of court proceedings against the defence secretary until a decision was made on the intra-court appeal.

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