ISLAMABAD - After some two months, in December, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would bid farewell to the highest judicial corridor of the country on reaching the age of retirement. But what about those important cases and contempt notices issued during Justice Chaudhry's tenure?

Since his second restoration on March 16, 2009, Justice Chaudhry took a number of suo moto notices and issued contempt of court notices to ministers, head of institutions and politicians, which are still pending with the court.

The judgments on two cases of public importance, National Police Foundation and deaths of children in a school van due to gas cylinder explosion, were reserved and are still awaiting announcement. The bench, headed by Justice Chaudhry, heard these cases and reserved judgments about two month ago. The case about National Reconciliation Ordinance case and its implementation was heard almost for three and a half years, but nothing came out of it, as the Swiss authorities have informed the government of Pakistan that the cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari can't be reopened.

Similarly, the 18th Amendment case was heard by a 17-judge bench for almost six months and except decision on Article 175A, which relates to the appointment of the judges in the superior courts, the other issues are still pending. The various petitioners had questioned the provisions of Articles 1, 17, 17(4), 27, 38, 45, 46, 48, 51, 58(2)(b), 62, 63, 63A, 91, 106, 148, 175, 177, 193, 203C, 209, 219, 226, 245, 260, 267A and insertion of Article 175A in the Constitution in the 18th Amendment case.

In April 2011, the then president Zardari had forwarded a reference to the SC under clause 1 and 2 of Article 186 of the Constitution for revisiting the case of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged on April 4, 1979, in Rawalpindi. About 26 hearings were conducted by the 11-member larger bench, but decision is still pending.

Other important cases, the Memo Commission scam, filed in November 2011 by PML-N leaders, among them incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; Balochistan unrest, filed by Balochistan High Court Bar Association president, Rs9 billion Bank of Punjab scandal, National Insurance Company Limited, Haj corruption, PCO judges, Adiala Jail missing prisoners, Kamran Faisal death case, and 3G licences, are still undecided. Besides, the cases about ISAF containers, Rental Power Plants and action against Ogra chief Tauqir Sadiq are also pending.

During the past four years, a number of contempt notices were issued. Three prime ministers of Pakistan, two federal ministers, over 60 judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, five politicians, including three heads of leading political parties, a real estate tycoon, NAB chairman and seven officers, two federal secretaries, FIA DGs and a journalist, were also put on notice.

Four PCO judges, including former law secretary Yasmin Abbasi and Jahanzaib Rahim of PHC, Justice Hasnat and Justice Shahbar Raza Rizvi of Lahore High Court, had refused to tender an unconditional apology and their cases are still sub-judice.

The Supreme Court on March 28 issued contempt of court notice to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for using his office to influence the court and seek formation of a commission to probe the RPP scam. The contempt notice against interim premier Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, and his principal secretary Khawaja Siddiq Akbar issued on May 9 this year, regarding the appointments and transfers of 22 federal secretaries is not yet disposed of.

In December 2009, the SC issued a contempt notice to former interior minister Rehman Malik for changing the investigation team in the Pakistan Steel Mills corruption case. The case against him is still pending.

Contempt proceedings were initiated against Babar Awan, the former federal minister for law and justice, for addressing a press conference regarding the Memo scandal on December 1, 2011. On January 17, 2012, the Supreme Court suspended his licence under Order V, Rule 30 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, for allegedly ridiculing the judiciary. On May 7, 2012, Babar Awan submitted an unconditional apology and requested his licence be restored. But he has not been allowed to practice as a lawyer yet.

On March 26, 2012, the court issued contempt notices to two PPP leaders Taj Haider and Sharjeel Inam Memon for criticising the superior judiciary for invalidating the appointment of former NAB chairman Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah. The contempt of court case against the two PPP leaders is still not decided.

An inquiry commission, appointed by the Supreme Court, had recommended to the court to initiate contempt proceedings against PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain for launching a media campaign against the court in the NICL scam case.

The apex court in the Arsalan Iftikhar case in June 2012 issued a series of contempt of court notices, among them one was served on real estate tycoon Malik Riaz for allegedly ridiculing the judiciary in a press conference. Likewise, the court also served notices to an owner of a media house and two TV anchors on a petition to initiate contempt proceedings against them for airing a "planted interview" of Malik Riaz in a special talk show on June 13, 2012.

The chief editor of an English magazine on September 25, 2012 was indicted for scandalising and disrespecting the judiciary by publishing a news report about an email allegedly written by the Supreme Court registrar to seek tax returns and verification of receipts from British companies which had provided services to Arsalan Iftikhar.

This year over failure for not implementing the SC judgment in Rental Power Projects contempt notices were issued to former NAB chairman Admiral Fasih Bukhari and seven other officers.