SHC gives channel two weeks in contempt case
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court, in a case filed by the JS Bank against a private television channel (ARY) and regarding Rs5 billion compensation, ordered the respondent-contemnors to file their affidavits within two weeks.
Justice Mohammed Shafi Siddiqi of the SHC heard the case and adjourned it until March 18.The petitioner, citing ARY, Mubashir and Khalil as respondents, had pleaded that the allegations leveled during a programme on the said private channel on June 25 and 26, 2013 were false, defamatory and misleading which damaged the reputation of the complainant and of the companies associated with the complainant, therefore, the court should restrain the respondents from doing so.
The High Court, while issuing the stay order, had issued notices to the respondents and had also restrained them from telecasting the defamatory programme against the complainant. In spite of the court orders, the respondents continued telecasting the defamatory programme after which the JS Bank had filed a contempt of court application.
The SHC had issued notices to the respondents on that application which the respondents deliberately avoided to receive on which the court had once again ordered that notices be issued to the respondents again, and the court had also expressed its annoyance over the non-appearance of the respondents in the court.
The complainant had prayed the court in his application that the programmes telecast on June 25 and 26, 2013, be removed from the private channel and other social media websites, and a permanent restraining order be issued to the respondents and their subordinates to stop them from such defamatory and misleading programmes which could cast negative effects on the complainant, the business of the complainant, the shareholders and others.
The complainant had also prayed the court that the respondents should be made to pay a compensation of Rs5 billion to the complainant for having damaged his eminence and reputation.