Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the court decision to term him guilty of contempt was not appropriate.

“He had sought justice hoping that all legal obligations would be fulfilled, but it was not an appropriate decision,” Gilani said in his brief talk to newsmen outside the courtroom after the apex court found him guilty of contempt in NRO implementation case.

He said the government would chalk out further course of action after consultation with legal team.

Legal experts said the prime minister still has the option to appeal against the conviction under Section 19 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.

The SC on Thursday found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, but gave him only a symbolic sentence of ‘30 second detention’ in the courtroom.

"For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court," said Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk.