ISLAMABAD - Senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and former federal law and justice minister Babar Awan on Tuesday submitted an unconditional apology before the Supreme Court in a contempt of court case against him for addressing a press conference about the court’s December 1, 2010 order on memogate scam.However, the court said it would consider apology in his presence before the bench on April 18. A two-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Athar Saeed heard the contempt case against Babar Awan.During the hearing, Ali Zafar, the counsel for Babar Awan, submitted a four-page written apology before the bench on behalf of his client.According to the statement, the applicant apart from being a politician, senator and worker of PPP is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and it is his utmost duty, obligation and desire to uphold the dignity of the courts.The applicant has always been discharging his duty to the best of his ability and reiterates that he has not only the highest regard and respect for the apex court of the country but also for all the judges of the superior judiciary. In this regard, he has been expressing such feelings both inside and outside the courtroom.Babar further stated keeping in view that the only ultimate objective was to uphold the dignity of courts, he genuinely believed to submit an apology before the court.“Section 4 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 says that alleged contemnor can at any stage render an apology,” he said, adding that it helpe4d in maintaining the mutual respect and relationship between bar and the bench.Babar said whatever he stated in the press conference regarding the judiciary was unintentional, based on inadvertence and he was offering unconditional apology for his utterances that had been found prima facie to be disrespectful by the bench. He particularly apologised to Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, saying there was no doubt about his acumen, integrity, impartiality and dedication to work.Awan requested the court that his apology may be accepted as bona fide and contempt proceedings against him may accordingly be discharged.Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that it depended on the circumstances to decide the matter, as no law bound the court to accept the apology of contemnor.He also said though Babar submitted unconditional apology but he did not personally appear before the bench. The court observed that they had fixed the hearing of the case on April 10 according to his desire.Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq told the court that Babar had already submitted an application, seeking exemption from appearing in person on April 10 hearing, as he had gone to India on the invitation of different bar associations and he would return on April 17.“His attitude was seen by all of us in the past hearings of the contempt case, therefore he should remain present before the bench,” Justice Athar Saeed further said. The hearing was adjourned till April18 to examine Babar Awan’s unconditional apology in his presence.