ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC), on Wednesday, issued another contempt notice to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jang Group and others for falsely attributing in their July 6, 2017 story the apex court as having directed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to look after the affairs of Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also asked Geo News CEO Mir Shakeelur Rehman and others to appear in person on February 7. During the hearing, the court asked the reporter, Ahmad Noorani, in question to show evidence to establish his story but he failed to do so.
Earlier, the bench gave Noorani the opportunity to tender an unconditional apology for making the telephone call to a judge, but he refused.
In July last year, the top court had issued contempt notices to the Jang Group on publishing a ‘controversial’ story relating to the role of the ISI in the Panama Papers case.
A three-judge bench issued contempt notices to owners Mir Shakeelur Rehman, Mir Javedur Rehman, and reporter Noorani over ‘false reporting’ related to the case.
It may be mentioned here that the contempt notice was issued to Noorani on July 10, 2017 for contacting a Supreme Court judge at his official residence number to verify a piece of information pertaining to an administrative issue (not judicial) after failing to get response from the registrar of the court.
The SC during proceedings on Wednesday, while reading out the reply submitted by Noorani, agreed that conversation between Noorani and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan took place in a good environment and at times judges, being humans, come in contact with those known to them. However, head of the bench Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that this notice could be withdrawn if Noorani sought an unconditional apology.