LAHORE The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Babar Awan in a contempt of court case, telling the former law minister to file his reply till Dec 20, the date set for hearing. Advocate Afaq Ahmad in his petition stated that Awan had passed derogatory remarks against the Supreme Court and hence disrespected the judiciary. The petition stated that his remarks had also hurt the feelings of the people of Punjab and Lahore. Babar Awan , along with Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan and Syed Khurshid Shah, had held a heated press conference after the apex court directed for the formation of a commission to investigate the memogate scandal. The petitioner further submitted that Babar Awan had been frequently witnessed criticising the higher judiciary during his recent press conferences and media talks. The petitioner contended that the former law minister not only criticised the Supreme Court proceedings on the memogate scandal but also tried to establish a relation of the court with a political party (PML-N). Everybody knows that Mr Awan had distributed sweets when former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was convicted by the court. Later, he joined PPP and took a U-turn by terming the conviction as judicial murder, he added. Afaq prayed the court to bar Senator Babar Awan from issuing any statement on sub-judice matters and initiate contempt of court proceedings against him, besides declaring him disqualified as Senator. The LHC admitted the writ petition for hearing and Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan ordered the PPP leader to file report and parawaise comments till December 20.