ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on Babar Awan contempt case and postponed the hearing for Tuesday.

The two-member bench, comprising Justice Athar Saeed and Justice Ijaz Afzal, heard the proceedings against the former minister.

Babar’s counsel Ali Zafar told the court that his client had submitted unconditional apology and there was no reason to frame charges against him.

However, Justice Athar Saeed said the bench had made up its mind as the written apology landed very late. 

Zafar presented many precedents that the apex court had accepted several unconditional apologies in the past.

He said the PCOs judges also tendered their apology, which was also accepted by the court. He also gave examples of Islamic jurisprudence and requested the court that the apology of Babar Awan be accepted. 

"The bench may consider that pardon seeker is not Babar Awan but he is an ordinary citizen", he argued. Justice Ijaz Afzal remarked said though Babar Awan was a citizen, he remained in an important public office. “The actual cause behind the proceedings is to restore the reverence of the court.”

 Justice Athar Saeed said, “Why did Babar Awan not submit his apology at the beginning of trial?”

“If the bench has decided to frame the charge against Awan then useless arguments should not be made. It is up to the court either to accept his apology or turn down", the lawyer replied.