Rana Shamim, a former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan, filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday, challenging his indictment in contempt of court case.
A single bench of the IHC ruled on January 20 that he was guilty of contempt of court and filed an intra-court appeal to overturn that decision. He will be heard by a two-judge panel on his second appeal.
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The petitioner, who named Journalist Ansar Abbasi and others as respondents, said that the single-judge panel indicted him exclusively while leaving those who published his declaration off the hook, which he claimed was against the law.
He asked the court to dismiss his indictment and dismiss the case against him.
On January 20, a single bench led by Top Justice Athar Minallah indicted Rana Shamim, a former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan, in the contempt of court case brought against him.
The charge sheet against Rana Shamim was read out loud by Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court. The affidavit produced by the former top judge of Gilgit-Baltistan has been included in the indictment.
It should be mentioned that the AGP had asked the court to postpone the indictment of the journalists in the case.