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Update @ 0230: SC suspend convictions CJ manhandling case

The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted appeals of Islamabad’s police and administration officials convicted of manhandling deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The new full court stopped the implementation on the convictions till further orders. Ten judges headed by the newly appointed Chief Justice under PCO Abdul Hameed Dogar took up the appeals of former senior police and administration officials of the capital.

These officials including Inspector General and Commissioner were found guilty of contempt after manhandling the Chief Justice on March 13. They were sentenced to a maximum of one month in prison or imprisonment till the court is adjourned. But on Thursday the full court stopped the implementation on the convictions till further orders. It must be kept in mind that it is the same bench which will in due course re-evaluate the legality of President Musharraf’s case in a few days which had been under the axe with the older bench before a martial law was imposed on Pakistan which in efftect was an attempt to silence the independence of the Judiciary of Pakistan


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