Wednesday, February 21, 2024

IHC issues Report Against Rana Shamim

Justice (retd) Rana Shamim, a former chief judge of Gilgit Baltistan, made “scandalous allegations” against the judiciary, according to a five-page charge-sheet issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a contempt of court case on Saturday. Shamim is accused of making “scandalous allegations” against the judiciary.

On the 20th of January, Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a report against Rana Shamim in the case.

The former judge’s affidavit contains “scandalous allegations, casting serious aspersion against the judiciary, including the Islamabad High Court, which tends to bring the Court into hatred, ridicule, and contempt, and tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending before the court and scheduled for hearing on November 17, 2021,” according to the charge-sheet.

Mr. Ansar Abbasi, a journalist, was informed by Rana Muhammad Shamim that he had confirmed the execution and signing of the above-mentioned affidavit dated 10.11.2021, but he chose not to dissuade him from publishing the document despite your claim in Court that it was a private document.

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“You did not bring any legal action against Mr. Ansar Abbasi or the notary public for breach of privacy or counsel client privilege, which conduct demonstrates your intent to publicly ridicule and incite hatred against the Court and the judge of the Court, as well as to undermine and obstruct the course of justice and prejudice a fair trial,” the chief justice stated.

Shamim was “fully aware of the serious consequences of the alleged incident, yet your conscience remained in deep slumber for more than three years and was only suddenly awakened only to execute the scandalous affidavit and confirm it before publication, at a time when the appeals of the persons mentioned in the document were being heard, which conduct tends to undermine the dignity of the court, bring the administration of justice into disrepute, and divert the course of justice,” the judge wrote.

“Because you have acted with the intent to interfere with, obstruct, and prejudice the administration of justice and the proper course of any pending judicial proceedings, you have committed contempt of this Court in violation of Article 204(2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 (Ordinance V of 2003), which is punishable under Section 5 of the said Ordinance and cognizable by this Court.” This Court shall then try you on the aforementioned Charge, and I hereby direct that you be tried in this Court.”

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