ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Anwar Zaheer Jamali has taken a strict notice over a news package and footage aired by a private news channel on Friday alleging that a private meeting between Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Senator Nehal Hashmi held regarding Panama leaks case pending before the court.

A press release issued by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Saturday said that the Chief Justice, showing deep concern over the issue, has directed the office to issue contempt notices to all concerned (ie reporters, anchor person, producer, Director News, Management of news channel and any other person(s) behind this mischief) immediately for their reply concise statements and appearance before the court on Nov 28 in Islamabad.

The press release clarified that the news item is totally false, baseless, concocted, stage managed and figment of the mind of the reporter. Such misleading stories based on character assassination campaigns and casting aspersion on character and conduct of any dignitary through media trial are condemnable that sensationalise a non issue. Therefore, the news package is condemned in the strongest possible words, it added.

It stated that the news channel had maliciously tried to malign the Judge and brought on media something which had never happened. This amounts to a dirty attempt to tarnish the image of this august court which is extremely damaging for the judiciary as a whole, it maintained.

The press release said that the news channel has deliberately tried to create sensationalism by claiming that it has succeeded in getting this news exclusively and by doing so the channel has created suspicion in general public about an issue of national importance which is sub-judice before this court.

It said that the airing of such news on TV channels about a subjudice matter is nothing but to malign the institution of judiciary and to bring the apex court and Judges into hatred, ridicule or contempt.