Islamabad - Supermodel Ayyan Ali yesterday approached the Supreme Court for initiating contempt of court proceedings against the officials of ministry of interior for not allowing her to go abroad.

The legal experts say when the interior ministry had allowed Musharraf to go abroad on medical grounds then Ayyan Ali should also be allowed to go out of the country regarding her professional engagements.

Ayyan filed a contempt petition under article 204 of the constitution read with section 3-4 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, praying for initiating contempt of court proceeding against Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Ministry of Interior, Muhammad Asghar Chaudhry, Additional Secretary (ECL) Ministry of Interior, and Shahid Hayat, Additional Director FIA, Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

She stated that the apex court had upheld the High Court of Sindh’s verdict, which directed the ministry of interior to remove her name from the Exit Control List.

The model girl further said that after the top court’s judgement, she sent a letter through her attorney to ministry of interior to comply with the court’s order and remove her name from the ECL; however, she has received no reply from the respondents.

Ayyan further informed that after the top court’s order of April 13, 2016 she booked a flight for Dubai via PIA dated April 15, 2016; however she was not issued the boarding card as her name was still on the ECL.

She said that the respondents having continuously defied the orders of this court as well as of the high court of Sindh have committed grossest contempt of court and are liable to be punished.

She prayed to the apex court to direct the respondents to remove her name from the Exit Control List. She further prayed that the respondents having obstructed, ridiculed and violated the orders of the apex court and high court of Sindh may be punished for committing grossest contempt of this court in the interest of justice.

The Supreme Court in its judgement on April 13 said: “We don’t feel inclined to recall and rescind the relief granted to the respondent [Ayyan] by the High Court on this score at this stage, when we don’t see any tenable ground for prohibiting the movement of the respondent, all the same we would not approve of bypassing a forum provided by law.”