ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Youuf Raza Gilani while presenting his views before the Supreme Court (SC) bench said he has spent six years in prison and was never reluctant to appear before the court which shows that he always respected the court, Geo News reported.

PM Gilani said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto also appeared before the courts. 'All the allies are also here in honour of the court.'

'I cannot even think of ridiculing the court and all over the world the presidents enjoy immunity and Constitution of Pakistan also provides immunity to the president. That is why we did not write to Swiss authorities.'

After the PM completed his arguments Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said today is the great day, the Chief Executive is appearing before the bench.

Prime Minister Gilani appeared before the seven-member bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk to plead his innocence before the apex court on a show-cause notice for contempt of court issued to him on January 16.

Gilani is the second prime minister after Nawaz Sharif to appear before the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister Gilani drove himself to the court at at 9.25 am.

The heads of the coalition partners, including PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Fata parliamentary leader Munir Khan Orakzai, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Khyber-Paktunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kosar, cabinet members and senior PPP leaders is accompanying Prime Minister Gilani.

PM Gilani has hired the services of renowned lawyer Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan as his legal counsel in the contempt of court case.