Gilani case hearing adjourned till April 12
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 13:15
Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned a contempt case against Yousuf Raza Gilani till April 12 after the Prime Minister's lawyer said that he would be unable to continue his arguments as he was unwell.

Gilani's lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan was yesterday unable to appear before a seven-judge bench led by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk as he had food poisoning.

When proceedings resumed today, the bench asked the lawyer if he was fit to continue his arguments. Ahsan replied that he would be unable to do so.

Ahsan complained about remarks made by the bench yesterday that seemed to imply he was avoiding the proceedings.

The bench said those remarks were made in a lighter vein.

During yesterday's hearing, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk had remarked: "Had he (Ahsan) listened to us, he would not have been struck with food poisoning."

Ahsan's assistant had then replied that it was sheer coincidence that he was unwell and that he had never missed any hearing in his 40-year career.

He had asked the bench to adjourn the hearing for a week, but it had disregarded the plea and adjourned the case till today.

After the hearing resumed today, the bench adjourned the case till April 12 following consultations.

The bench asked Ahsan if he would complete his arguments in five days when the hearing resumed but the lawyer said he could not give any commitment in this regard.


First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 13:15

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