ISLAMABAD - A seven-member special bench of the Supreme Court will resume hearing on Wednesday (today) on contempt of court case against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for not implementing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) judgement.

The bench comprises Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed.

Prime Minister’s former Principal Secretary and incumbent Secretary Cabinet and defence Nargis Sethi will get her statement recorded before the bench as a defence witness.  Aitzaz Ahsan will submit summaries of May 21st and September 21st, 2010 alongwith the orders passed by his client in response to the court’s orders about reopening of Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The summaries sent by Law Ministry contain advice/ consultation to the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani not to write letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

According to Aitzaz Ahsan, the Prime Minister was bound to follow the advice of the Law Ministry.

The court has indicted the Prime Minister on the contempt of court charges. Earlier on February 28, 2012, the bench had allowed Prime Minister to produce his former Principal Secretary Nargis Sethi as his defence witness in the ongoing contempt proceedings against him for not complying with the court’s December 16, 2009 order in the National Reconciliation Ordinance. On last hearing, Aitzaz Ahsan had requested the court to summon former Law Minister Dr Babar Awan, Law Secretary Masood Chishti and former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nargis Sethi, who had signed the summaries, as court’s witnesses in the matter, so that they could endorse the draft of the summaries sent to his client.

But the court had rejected his request, asking him that he might produce them as defence witnesses.

Aitzaz, however, had told the court that his client, being the PM, did not want to ask Babar Awan and Masood Chishti to appear for his defence.

Besides, he had said that according to his information both the persons had declined to appear as defence witnesses.

However, he had said that he would produce Nargis Sethi as defence witness and would also cross-examine her.

The bench had not objected to it and allowed Aitzaz to produce and cross-examine Nargis Sethi. He had stated that the summaries signed and sent by Babar Awan and Masood Chishti led to contempt of court case against his client, as his client was bound to act on the advice of Law Ministry’s officials.