Contempt case: Supreme Court to indict federal minister Daniyal Aziz today

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed is set to indict Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz today on contempt charges.
Hearing the case last week, the bench, which includes Justices Mushir Alam and Mazhar Alam Miankhel, expressed dissatisfaction with Aziz’s response to the court’s show-cause notice and fixed his indictment for March 13 (today).
Aziz’s counsel had informed the court that the media reports of his client’s ‘anti-judiciary’ speech were false.
The minister’s response to the court had stated that being a parliamentarian he could not even think of disrespecting state institutions. The reply further said that Aziz believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and respects state institutions, including the judiciary.
“Media ran my comments out of context,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader had stated in the response. He had also pleaded to the court to take back the show-cause notice issued to him in the case.
The apex court had issued the show-cause notice to Aziz on February 19, after a contempt of court notice was sent to him on February 2 over his “controversial speeches and statements made during television shows”.