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Updated: August 28, 2013 23:44 IST

Imran’s comment not contempt of court

Meena Menon
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan for his comment during a press conference in July but stopped short of pursuing contempt charges against him after hearing his plea in court. Mr. Imran Khan offered no apology but said he never meant any offence to the judiciary.

A three judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday discharged the contempt notice issued to him on July 31 but said he expressed no remorse for his remarks.

Mr. Imran Khan addressed the court after his lawyer Hamid Khan had made his arguments and reiterated that his whole struggle is for an independent judiciary, not to undermine it. He said he had already explained the context in which he used the word sharmnaak (shameful) during his press meet. It was to describe the conduct of the four returning officers (ROs) in constituencies which had bogus voting, about which he had filed a petition in the apex court.

The bench said that the question was that of the language being used by frontline leadership of a political party and of how it will impact people, adding that there were laws to address grievances. It added that a majority of the country’s institutions have collapsed and in the case of the judiciary there are 16 judges hearing 19,000 cases. .

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