Arynews (Khabrain) 3 August, 2012 SC Strikes Down Contempt of Court Law (Part IV)

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http://www.youtube.com/Shumailatv Supreme Court of Pakistan strike down the Contempt of Court Act 2012. In its short order the SC said that Section 2-A of the new contempt of court law is contrary to the Constitution while its Section 3 is also violates the Constitution. The new contempt of the court law was recently passed by parliament and aimed at protecting the prime minister from being charged with contempt of court. Reading out the short order of the case Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, who headed the five-member bench, declared the Contempt of Court Act 2012 null and void. The short order said that the Supreme Court and the High Courts have the right to award punishment. The new law tried to lessen the authority of judges and no official could be given an exemption under Artile 248 of the Constitution. According to the order the new law aimed to protect the persons committing contempt of court. In addition, the contemptors were tried to be encouraged by delaying the process through the appeal which is contrary to the Constitution, the order said. Pakistan's parliament passed the law in July after the court convicted former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt and ousted him from office for failing to reopen an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. The aim of the law was to prevent the new premier, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, from suffering the same fate. The court has demanded Ashraf write a letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the old graft case and has set an Aug. 8 deadline for the government to respond. News of ARY NEWS at 16:00 Friday, August 03 2012
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