SC rejects Nihal’s plea to quash criminal case

SC rejects Nihal’s plea to quash criminal case


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday rejected the request of Senator Nehal Hashmi wherein he pleaded to abolish a criminal case registered against him in Karachi in connection with controversial speech against judiciary. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, while heading a three-judge bench, told Hashmi that he had other remedies there in Karachi. The top court also expressed serious concerns over delay in filing reply to the show-cause notice issued to Hashmi over contemptuous speech against judiciary. During the course of hearing, Justice Khan observed that delay in filing the reply meant that Hashmi was playing with the court. The bench, however, allowed the lawmaker to submit his reply till next Friday. Advocate Hashmat Habib, counsel for Nehal Hashmi, appeared in the court and took the plea that he has filed an application for obtaining record and details of the allegations. "If transcript of speech is given to us then we will submit an appropriate reply in court. We have not been told what the complaint is." Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked that on first hearing, Nehal said that reply was ready and court gave him time to file reply. "Now, you have sought the context of speech. While the context is there all over the world, you have not this context. You can get speech context from Google." Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf said, "We were thinking that someone had filed petition against Nehal Hashmi but it is not a petition and the court has taken suo motu notice."