On Friday Chief Justice Saqib Nisar warned that the apex court will take action against the media houses that have still not paid salaries to their employees, if they do not clear all dues soon.
Although hearing a request filed by Tayyab Baloch, the president of Press Association of Supreme Court, Justice Nisar confirmed the court will take action against media houses that have not paid their employees under the Revenue Recovery Act and recommended the companies’ lawyers to read it.
Mr. Pervez Shaukat, who was representing media employees along with Baloch, told the court that the media workers did not have money to pay their children’s school fee because they had not received their salaries at yet. He appealed that the media houses had received billions to speak against the judiciary.
The apex court ordered Capital TV to pay their employees by December 5th although Nawai Waqt, Daily Times, The Nation, Bol News, 7 News, Star Asia and Khabrain were given until December 15th. Furthermore, the ARY group was also ordered to pay two employees whose salaries had been withheld.
It was warned Justice Nisar that if the media houses unsuccessful to comply with the court’s order, they would face contempt charges and their owners would be sent to jail.
The CJP ordered Capital TV to submit the copies of the cheques and an affidavit after paying withheld salaries. When Justice Nisar asked if claims of not receiving salaries were false, the representative of Capital TV said that the workers had “overstated the situation”.
Daily Times’ council expressed the court that employees had been paid two months’ salary and had yet to pay them for two more months.
Justice Nisar ordered the media houses to pay their employees even if they had to “beg or borrow loans”.
“Sell your Bentley cars and pay your employees,” he told the media house owners.