Posted Date: 19th June, 2012 Last updated at 00:00 PST
SC disqualifies Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as PM
The Supreme Court has disqualified Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as the Prime Minister in NA Speaker's ruling in the contempt of court case
The Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as the Prime Minister.
Disposing of petitions against ruling of the Speaker National Assembly in the contempt of court case against Yusuf Raza Gilani three member benches of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary said the Speaker under Article 63(2) of the Constitution exercises powers which are not covered by the definition of internal proceedings of Majlis-e-Shoora. Therefore the court is not debarred from inquiring into the order of the Speaker.
The court held that a seven member bench had found Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment till rising of the court. The Court said since no appeal was filed against this judgement‚ the conviction has attained finality.
It further held that Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora the (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution with effect from the 26th April this year when the seven-member bench pronouned its judgement in contempt of court case. The Court said he has also ceased to be the Prime Minister with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly.
The court said the Election Commission is required to issue notification of disqualification of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani from being a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora from the 26th of April this year.
It has also asked the President to take necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process through parliamentary system of Government in the country
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