Islamabad (Staff Report): Minister of State for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry will appear before the Supreme Court for the proceedings of a contempt case against him.

According to to a notification issued on February 2, the apex court had initiated contempt proceedings against Talal Chaudhry on account of "derogatory and contemptuous speeches/statements" with regard to the court.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader had requested the court on February 24 to withdraw the case, stating that scandalising the court or doing anything that tends to bring the court into ‘hatred, ridicule or contempt’ is ‘not even the last thing on the respondent’s mind.’

“Whatever has been said might have been taken into account without relevance to the context due to media reporting,” he had written in his initial response.

"There is no allegation on the answering respondent that any action or conduct of the answering respondent tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending before the court."

Chaudry's counsel, Kamran Murtaza, had sought 10 days from the bench to prepare for the case on February 19. However, a three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had granted a week's time to the defence counsel and adjourned the hearing.