Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected former Interior Minister Rehman Malik `s unconditional apology, and has decided to indict him on March 25 for committing contempt of court by interfering in the investigation of the Steel Mills scam.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, directed the SC office under Section 17 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 to fix his case in the next week for framing charges, reports The Nation.
Malik was issued a show-cause notice for interfering in the investigation of the Pakistan Steel Mills corruption case on May 16, 2012. The court noted that by transferring former FIA DG Tariq Khosa in December 2009, Malik had interfered in the Pakistan Steel Mills corruption case.
The former interior minister, through a civil miscellaneous application on February 28, tendered unconditional apology and placed himself at the mercy of the court.
In his application, Malik said he had always placed the judiciary, including the apex court, in high esteem and neither intended to undermine its dignity and respect nor had he any intention to do so in future.
The court, however, refused to accept the apology.