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Contempt Case: Court directs to indict Rana Shamim on Jan 7

ISLAMABAD: 28, DECEMBER, 2021: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday has directed to indict Gilgit Baltistan's former Chief Judge Rana Shamim on January 7, 2022 in contempt of court case.
During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah has summoned all the parties for arguments.
The IHC CJ remarked that "it's not contempt of court matter but a case of court's accountability. It was being spread that this court has reached a compromise."
"The judiciary is presenting itself for accountability," he added.
Meanwhile, the court has ordered to resealed the affidavit envelop which was opened by Rana Shamim.
"The affidavit has nothing to do with ex-CJP Saqib Nisar. it's only an attempt to make IHC controversial," IHC CJ stated.
Earlier, on December 20, the Islamabad High Court planned to open the sealed affidavit of ex-chief justice of Gilgit-Baltistan, Rana Shamim on the next hearing of the case.
According to sources, IHC CJ Justice Athar Minallah heard the contempt case against the ex-CJ of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Advocate General Islamabad, Ansar Abbasi, Aamir Ghauri, Rana Shamim along his lawyer Latif Afridi appeared before the court.
The sealed envelope carrying the affidavit of Rana Shamim was presented before the IHC CJ Justice Athar Minallah.
The top judge said that "we will open the sealed envelope at the next hearing as AGP Khalid Jawed did not appear before the court owing to his health issues."
The IHC CJ said former GB CJ, Rana Shamim raised fingers at the judges of his court and added that IHC is not worried about the criticism. Lawyer of Rana Shamim to satisfy the court with his arguments and the CJ remarked that the case would be taken back after satisfaction, the IHC asked.
Later, the court has adjourned the hearing until December 28.
Last week, a sealed affidavit envelop of former CJ Gilgit Baltistan has been received at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through a courier from London, where it was kept in a locker.
As per judiciary sources, the courier carrying the sealed affidavit was received by the registrar of the Islamabad High Court, who placed another seal on it to secure it.
On December 13, IHC had postponed the decision on indictment of ex-Chief Judge of Gilgit Baltistan Rana Shamim in contempt of court case and again sought original affidavit of him.
During the proceedings, the IHC remarked that the parties are free to record their response on former CJ Rana Shamim's statement.
The ex-Chief Justice of GB had deliberately leaked his affidavit, adding that the proceedings regarding indicting him can be resumed after submission of original affidavit, the attorney general.
Earlier, on December 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had directed former chief justice of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim to submit his original affidavit till December 13 (Monday).
As per sources, IHC had conducted a hearing on a contempt of court case against former Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Chief Judge Rana Shamim.
During the hearing, the IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked the ex-CJ Rana Shamim about his reply over which he told that he had already submitted his response on the show cause notice.
The court ordered Rana Shamim to submit his original affidavit till December 13 and warned the ex-judge that charges would be framed against him in the next hearing on December 13 if the original affidavit was not produced before the court on that date. (04)

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