IHC grants pre-arrest interim bail to Imran Khan in judge threat case
Orders PTI chief to submit Rs10,000 surety bond and directs him to appear before concerned court till Oct 7: Court opens on Sunday expecting PTI chief would throw challenge to his arrest warrants
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The Islamabad High Court on Sunday accepted the interim bail of former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a case pertaining to hurling threat at a female session judge, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The court directed Imran Khan, who did not appear in the court, to submit the surety bond worth Rs10,000.
Justice Kiyani conducted an in-chamber hearing on Imran’s petition.
It is to be noted here that it was the second time that Imran was granted interim bail without appearing before the court.
Earlier, PTI Chairman Imran Khan submitted a petition to the Islamabad High Court for obtaining his pre-arrest bail in the judge threat case.
PTI lawyer Dr Babar Awan filed the petition on Imran’s behalf.
In the petition, it has been stated that initially terrorism case was registered against the petitioner. But later, the IHC quashed the terror sections and subsequently the case was shifted to a sessions court.
The petitioner stated that the government had registered a false case against him for ulterior motives. He said the only reason behind registering a case against him was to deter him from launching a peaceful movement against the ‘corruption mafia’.
Another petition was also submitted in the court on Sunday seeking exemption from conducting biometric by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief.
Lawyer Babar Awan said that the entire PML-N was becoming impatient to arrest Imran Khan.
IHC written order
The court has issued written order of its judgement announced by Justice Kiyani.
According to the written order, the court accepts Imran’s protective bail till Oct 7 and directs him to appear before the concerned court by that date as its order will expire on Oct 7.
The court also accepts Imran’s request seeking exemption from court appearance.
The order further says that according to the lawyer, the magistrate issued warrants against Imran without notice, and all sections which have been applied to the case are bailable.
The lawyer says that police want to arrest Imran in such circumstances. He says the police have surrounded the residence of Imran Khan and that’s why the PTI chief could not appear before the court, the written order concludes.
Court opens on Sunday
The court was anticipating that the former prime minister would resort to it in order to get his arrest warrants cancelled and obtain pre-arrest bail.
The IHC staff reached the court in the morning. The petition branch assistant registrar Asad Khan was also present in the office.
On Saturday, a rumour was doing round on social media that a police force was sent to Banigala to arrest Imran after his bailable arrest warrants were issued by a court in connection with his controversial remarks against Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zeba Chaudhry and other officials at an August 20 public rally in Islamabad.
Senior Civil Judge Rana Mujahid Rahim issued an arrest warrant for PTI Chief Imran Khan on Sept 30 when the latter failed to attend the court hearing.
However, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah during an interview to a private TV channel on Saturday said that Imran’s arrest warrant was a routine matter and it was bailable. He said there was no question of arrest.
The spokesperson for the Islamabad Police also said that the arrest warrant was a legal process as Imran did not appear in the court on the previous occasion.
The spokesperson said Imran had not got his bail in this case yet and if he did not appear before the court, he could be arrested.
افواہیں پھیلائی جارہی ہیں کہ پولیس کے 300اہلکار بنی گالہ بھیجے گئے ہیں۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) October 1, 2022
ان خبروں میں کوئی صداقت نہیں اور بے بنیاد ہیں۔بنی گالہ معمول کی ڈیوٹی بھیجی گئی ہے۔ شہریوں سے گزارش ہے کہ پراپیگنڈہ پر کان نہ دھریں۔#ICTP
دہشت گردی کی دفعہ خارج کرنے کا حکم جاری کیا تھا۔اس حکم کے بعد یہ مقدمہ سیشن کورٹ میں منتقل کیا گیاتھا۔ عمران خان نے سیشن کورٹ سے ابھی تک اپنی ضمانت نہیں کروائی۔پیش نہ ہونے کی صورت میں انہیں گرفتار کیا جاسکتا ہے۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) October 1, 2022
عوام سے گذارش ہے کہ افواہوں پر کان مت دھریں۔
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani