Supreme Court charges Rehman Malik for contempt case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan  charged Rehman Malik for contempt of court on Monday.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar MuhammadChaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, resumed hearing of the contempt of court notice against former interior minister Rehman Malik.

During proceedings, the apex court declared that the reply submitted by Rehman Malik was inadequate and termed Malik’s action in the Pakistan Steels Mills (PSM) case as meddling in the judicial proceeding.

The Supreme Court ordered that proceedings to indict Rehman Malik should commence after seven days.The attorney general was appointed as the prosecutor in the case.Earlier, Rehman Malik informed the court that he had submitted an unconditional apology and left himself at the clemency c of the court.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry replied that an apology was a confession and it was up to the court to accept it or not.Rehman Malik requested that the case should be adjourned till Tuesday as he had to travel to Uzbekistan.

The chief justice asked Malik under what designation was he travelling to Uzbekistan.Speaking to the media following proceedings, Rehman Malik said he has been stopped by the Supreme Court from travelling to Uzbekistan.