ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court was requested on Thursday to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Pakistan Tehrike-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly scandalizing, ridiculing and bringing disrespect to Supreme Court of Pakistan and its former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

President and General Secretary Islamabad Bar Association Naseer Ahmed Kiyani and Muhammad Naeem Ali Gujar filed a petition through their counsel Hashmat Habib in the apex court under Article 204 of the Constitution read with Section 3 and 5 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.

They contended that Imran Khan’s contemptuous conduct has maligned and scandalized the role of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges, which amounts to obstructing the process of the court and bringing hatred to the Supreme Court, thus alleged contemnor is liable to be punished in accordance with law.

They said that Imran many times leveled baseless charges alleging that the former Chief Justice is responsible for rigging general election 2013. Similarly, the petitioners contended that Imran Khan while addressing the rally in Faisalabad had alleged that the ruling party along with former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and owner of Geo/Jang group were equally responsible for the alleged rigging in general elections 2013.

The petitioners prayed for initiating contempt of court proceeding against Imran for allegedly ridiculing the Supreme Court and its former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the alleged contemnor be punished and fined for committing contempt of court under Article 204 of the constitution read with section 3 and 5 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 to maintain and protect the dignity of apex court.