The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) on Thursday rejected former senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s request to drop two circumstances in opposition to him for alleged defamation of judges and the Supreme Court docket (SC).
Three circumstances have been registered in opposition to Abidi for allegedly defaming the judiciary and utilizing threatening language. On Oct 2, he acquired interim bail in two circumstances filed in Sept ─ which was set to run out right this moment ─ and had requested on Oct eight that the circumstances be dismissed.
Earlier this week, a 3rd case was filed in opposition to him and he was taken into custody by police outdoors the Supreme Court docket, the place he had attended the listening to of a suo motu case initiated in opposition to him for anti-judiciary remarks made by him in an interview that was aired on Channel 5.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani right this moment heard Abidi’s lawyer’s request to dismiss the circumstances in opposition to him, with the courtroom observing that the matter had “become a joke”.
“Whoever pleases comes and slings mud on the judiciary,” the courtroom famous, including that the chief justice had additionally been publicly threatened.
Through the listening to, the courtroom requested Abidi’s lawyer, Sheikh Zaheer Hussain Shah, which TV channel the remarks had been aired on, to which the lawyer responded saying that it was a channel known as Naya Pakistan.
Shah argued that it was unconstitutional to have three FIRs registered in opposition to his consumer, to which Justice Kiyani responded that Abidi could be punished in a single case, not three.
The courtroom requested if Abidi had insulted the courtroom to which his lawyer replied that the previous Senator had not dedicated contempt of courtroom, however had used “harsh phrases”.
The courtroom responded saying that the threatening angle in the direction of the judiciary was inappr**opriate.
In a separate listening to, an anti-terrorism courtroom on Thursday cancelled the interim bail Abidi was granted within the earlier case registered in opposition to him on the Secretariat police station.
Abidi, who had earlier acquired interim bail, was produced in an anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) right this moment. Choose Shahrukh Arjumand, after being knowledgeable that Abidi was already in police custody, cancelled his interim bail.
Subsequently, ATC Choose Kausar Abbas Zaidi handed Abidi over to police on two-day bodily remand.
Instances in opposition to Abidi
On Sept 19, two circumstances had been registered in opposition to Abidi, one on the Secretariat police and one with the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) for allegedly defaming judges and the Supreme Court docket.
The Secretariat police had booked him beneath part 7 of the ATA together with the PPC’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii), 506 (Felony Intimidation) and 34 (acts executed by a number of individuals in furtherance of widespread intention) in response to a criticism lodged by SC public relations officer Shahid Hussain Kambyo on Sept 19.
The FIA booked him beneath part 10(a), 11 and 20 of the prevention of Pakistan Digital Crime Act 2016 learn with PPC’s sections 109 and 509.
Abidi had appeared within the IHC on Oct 1 and obtained protecting bail for a day and was requested to seem earlier than an ATC for bail.
The ATC granted him interim bail on Oct 2, which was anticipated to run out right this moment.
A 3rd case was additionally registered in opposition to the previous senator on Oct 9 for defaming judges and the apex courtroom and was booked beneath part 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
He was additionally booked beneath sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 501(printing or engraving matter identified to be defamatory), 505(ii) (statements conducive to public mischief), 228 (intentional insult or interruption to public servant sitting in judicial proceedings), 121 (waging or making an attempt to wage warfare or abetting waging warfare in opposition to Pakistan) and 109 (punishment of abetment if act abetted in consequence and the place no specific provision is made for its punishment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Sources mentioned the brand new case was registered in response to a criticism lodged by ASI Shoukat Mehmood Abbasi, stationed on the identical station.
The FIR says the ASI watched a video on social media by which a feminine anchorperson was interviewing Abidi and by which he’s alleged to have defamed judges and SC.
The police declare the FIR was registered on Oct 9, a day earlier than the previous senator was arrested. Nevertheless, it appears it was registered on Oct 10, the identical day because the arrest and was backdated.
The registration of the case in opposition to the previous senator shouldn’t be talked about within the crime diary issued by the police on Wednesday. A criminal offense diary mentions transient info of the FIRs registered by the police yesterday.
Police spokesperson Mohammad Naseem confirmed that the crime diary issued was the whole one for Oct 9 and mentioned the FIR in opposition to Abidi was registered late, at 10:35 pm which is why it didn’t make it to the crime diary.
The capital police have registered two separate FIRs on the identical police station for a similar crime.
Throughout a preliminary interrogation, the senator is reported to have mentioned that the circumstances referred to the identical interview. Nevertheless, Superintendent of Police Metropolis Zone Amir Niazi and Deputy Superintendent of Police Azhar Shah when contacted claimed they had been totally different interviews which is why two circumstances had been registered.
When requested, the DSP Authorized mentioned two circumstances can’t be registered for a single crime.
A police officer mentioned there have been two components to the interview which is why two separate circumstances had been registered.
A programme titled Subah Subah Naya Pakistan was aired by internet channel Naya Pakistan on July 2, which was hosted by anchorperson Shanza Sheikh Rahman.
The visitor speaker on the present was Faisal Raza Abidi.
Through the course of his look on the present, the accused, with felony intent and ulterior motives and with none lawful justification used sarcastic, derogatory, disrespectful and defamatory language in opposition to the chief justice and so on. which the FIR filed with the FIA mentioned was tantamount to creating a way of worry, panic and insecurity among the many authorities, basic public and society.