ISLAMABAD - District and Session Judge Islamabad on Saturday gave a last opportunity to Counsel of PTI chairman Babar Awan to submit reply with the court on the application of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to reject his ‘wakalatnama’ in this case as he has bias against the ex-CJP. The court in the last hearing had ordered Babar Awan to file reply on the application but he failed to do so.

During Saturday’s proceeding advocate Amir Khawar appeared on behalf of Babar Awan. He contended that the last date order was ambiguous therefore the reply could not be filed. The judge told the lawyer that if Babar Awan had objection then he should have filed appeal in the High Court against the order.

Sheikh Ahsan-ud-Din, representing ex-CJP, stated that three months have passed but Babar Awan did not file reply and it seemed Babar Awan had not read the defamation suit and the application filed against his ‘wakalatnama’ in this case.

Amir Khawar contended that the court did not have jurisdiction and that notice was given to Imran Khan in defamation case. Upon that Sh Ahsan said notice was issued to Imran Khan three months ago and Hamid Khan and Awais Ahmed, earlier representing PTI chairman had responded to the notice.

In the application, filed through Sheikh Ahsan-ud-Din, the CJP pleaded that Babar Awan morally, ethically and legally cannot appear in this case against him because of conflicting interests as it has been laid down in Rule 148 of the Pakistan Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Rules, 1976 as he has pre-conceived notions, personal bias as well as malice due to the grudge developed by him against the plaintiff because of judicial orders passed by different benches of the Supreme Court wherein the plaintiff (CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry) was either heading the bench or had authored orders along with other honourable judges in discharge of his judicial functions.

The case is adjourned for second week of June.