ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday indicted Rawalpindi-based cleric Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza for hurling threats and abuses at Justice Qazi Faez Isa and other judges of the superior courts in a video lecture that went viral on social media last month.
A two-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan granted Mirza a week to respond to the charges.
Justice Ahmad in June had taken suo motu notice of the video containing derogatory, contemptuous and scandalous language against the judiciary, specifically Justice Isa. Subsequently, Mirza filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, tendering unconditional apology and claiming that in a “private meeting” he “unintentionally” uttered some words against honourable judges.
He had also claimed that the video was neither recorded nor made viral on social media with his consent. The court, however, rejected his apology and charged him with contempt of court under Section 5 of the Contempt of the Court Ordinance, 2003.
The cleric last week again requested the court to accept his apology and acquit him from the charges of contempt. “It is most humbly request-ed that his apology may be accepted and he may be exonerated/acquitted from the charge of contemptuous remarks,” said a three-page apology letter.
The accused had assured the court through an understanding that he would never repeat such an act in the future.