LHC has approved protective bail of former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in nine cases.
CJ IHC Justice Aamer Farooq stops police from arresting Imran Khan in Toshakhana case till today
Directs Imran Khan to appear before the additional district and session judge Zafar Iqabl during the court hours today
ISLAMABAD + LAHORE ( Web News )
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has approved protective bail of former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in nine cases.
The two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) led by Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh granted protective bail to Imran Khan in nine cases for 10 days.
The protective bail was approved for five cases in Islamabad and three cases in Lahore. Imran Khan secured bail in the cases filed in Lahore till March 27, whereas, the protective bail in five cases in Islamabad was approved till March 24.
Moreover, the court also approved Khan’s bail in the Sarwar Road police station case.
The high court also permitted the police to interrogate Imran Khan. The petition against the police operation was wrapped up by the court after directing the PTI to cooperate with the police in the investigation.
The LHC sought details of cases filed against the PTI chief in Punjab. The LHC stopped action against the PTI chief until records of the cases were presented before the court.
Earlier, Khan reached the Lahore High Court (LHC) amid tight security arrangements. The high court ordered the PTI chairman to appear before it by 5:30 pm as the former premier seeks protective bail in multiple cases including the Toshakhana reference.
LHC Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh issued directives on pleas filed by the former premier seeking protective bail in nine different cases registered against him. The two-member bench led by Justice Sheikh heard the petitions.
The Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq stopped the police on Friday from arresting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case till today (Saturday). The court has directed Imran Khan to appear before the additional district and session judge Zafar Iqabl during the court hours today (Saturday). The court has observed that it should not happen that Imran Khan appears before the court at 6:00 PM. The court has also warned contempt proceedings if Imran Khan did not appear before the additional district and session judge Zafar Iqabl today (Saturday). CJ IHC Justice Aamer Farooq has directed Imran Khan to appear before the lower court between 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM today (Saturday).
IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard Imran Khan’s plea challenging the order of Islamabad’s district and session court that had issued the arrest warrant for the PTI chief.
The high court said that the former prime minister should be given a chance to appear before the court.
The IHC’s Registrar’s Office had earlier raised objections to Imran Khan’s petition challenging his arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case.
The PTI chief’s biometric verification is not available, the office noted. “How can the high court hear the same matter on which it has already made its decision?” the office also questioned.
Later, the court decided to take up Imran Khan’s plea with the RO’s objections.
At Friday’s hearing, the IHC chief justice inquired about the objections raised on the petition. Imran Khan’s counsel, Khawaja Haris Ahmad, informed him that the biometric verification issue had been addressed.
About the objections regarding the IHC’s decision on the previous petition, he said that the court had referred the matter to the trial court. “We had asked the court to look into the undertaking issue,” the chief justice said.
He noted that everyone is equal before the law. “You want to appear before the court and give assurance in this regard?” he asked.
At this, Imran Khan’s counsel requested the bench to suspend the arrest warrant so that the PTI chief could appear before the court.
Justice Farooq warned the lawyer that there would be consequences if he doesn’t fulfil the promise and contempt proceedings will be initiated.
After this, the court granted relief to Imran Khan and directed the police to not arrest him. The IHC also ordered the district administration and Islamabad police to provide security.
Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Registrar’s Office had raised objections to Imran’s plea requesting suspension of his non-bailable arrest warrant in the Toshakhana criminal proceeding case.
The former premier’s legal team reached the IHC where his lawyer Khawaja Haris Ahmad filed the application challenging an Islamabad district and sessions court order that dismissed the party chief’s plea to suspend the arrest warrant.
The petition requested the court to admit the undertaking of the ousted prime minister and to restrain the police from executing the arrest warrant.
In the petition, the former prime minister had challenged the Islamabad court’s decision of rejecting his plea seeking suspension of arrest warrants issued against him in the Toshakhana case.
Imran Khan, who is holed up in his Zaman Park residence in Lahore in defiance of the court order that had directed him to appear before it, had filed the plea through his lawyer Haris.
In his petition, the PTI chairman requested: “The undertaking should be accepted and the police should be stopped from arresting [him].”
The PTI chief also assured the court of his appearance before the Islamabad court today (Saturday), requesting the court to hear his plea urgently.
“[…] non-bailable warrant of arrest has been issued by this court just for the appearance of the applicant. The applicant is ready and willing to appear before this court on the fixed date i.e. 18.03.2023 and he has given his undertaking in this regard,” the petition read.
“It is trite law that the purpose of issuance of a non-bailable warrant of arrest is to ensure attendance of the accused and the undertaking has fulfilled the purpose of the warrant. Arrest and detention of the applicant will serve no useful purpose and he will be humiliated just for nothing.”
An Islamabad court on Thursday rejected Khan’s plea seeking the suspension of non-bailable arrest warrants issued in the Toshakhana case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced the verdict reserved earlier redirecting the authorities concerned to arrest the former prime minister and present him before the court on March 18.
He mentioned that the decision has been taken after reviewing each and every aspect of the law, hoping that the petitioners will enjoy reading the detailed verdict.
Imran Khan’s indictment in the reference, which was scheduled for February 28, was differed multiple times before, due to his continuous absence from the hearing. Later, the court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the PTI chairman.
The party approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday requesting it to suspend Khan’s non-bailable arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case, but the high court directed the deposed prime minister’s counsel to move the trial court as the order for his arrest was “in line with the law”.