Court sends Shahbaz Gill to jail on judicial remand, rejects bail plea
Judge refuses to extend PTI leader's physical remand as sought by police: Orders authorities to produce him again on Aug 26: Gill claims he was tortured during detention, not allowed to sleep: Says police produced fake medical report: Driver’s wife granted bail
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The district and sessions court of Islamabad has rejected a plea by the police to extend the physical remand of PTI senior leader and Imran Khan’s Chief of Staff Shahbaz Gill and sent him to jail on judicial remand, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Announcing its verdict reserved in the morning, the district court judge also rejected a bail application filed by Shahbaz Gill, facing charges of sedition and inciting public against the institutions.
The court directed the police to produce the PTI leader again on August 26.
The PTI leader was produced before the District and Sessions Court on Friday.
During the hearing, the PTI leader told the court that he was tortured during his arrest and there were torture marks on his body. He said the police did not run his medical examination. He also accused the police of denying him permission to meet his lawyers.
To prove his point, Gill tore open his shirt in the courtroom and showed the torture marks on his body. He claimed that no medical examination was conducted and police produced a fictitious report. He requested the court to analyze the fake report itself. He also told the court that the police did not let him sleep and kept him awake all night.
He asserted that he was a professor, not a criminal. "I cannot even think of uttering foul words against my Army," he added.
District and Sessions Judge Umar Bashir inquired whether a fake medical report was produced in the court.
On this, Islamabad Advocate General Jehangir Jadoon denied the allegations saying that the report was positive.
PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry contested saying the torture marks were not on Gill’s clothes, rather they were on his back.
Chaudhry said that media was being fed that Gill had become an approver.
However, the AG raised objection over media allegations.
AG Jehangir Jadoon requested the court to extend physical remand of the accused. He said police did not get the information yet that who was behind the script which Gill read out during an interview on a private TV channel. He said that the investigators wanted to run a poly graphic test of the PTI leader to ascertain whether he was saying truth or he was lying. He requested the court to grant police another 4-5 days and extend Gill’s remand.
The AG further told the court that Gill was not giving police access to his mobile and laptop.
Islamabad police on Tuesday arrested Shahbaz Gill from Banigala Chowk on charges of sedition and inciting public against state institutions and their heads.
A first information report (FIR) was registered against the PTI leader on behalf of the state under sections 34 (common intention), 109 (abetment), 120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), 121 (waging war against state), 124-A (sedition), 131 (abetting mutiny, or attempt to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 153 (provoking to cause riot), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
IHC raises objection to Gill’s plea
Meanwhile, Shahbaz Gill on Friday resorted to the Islamabad High Court against registration of a case against him in Karachi on charges of sedition and inciting public against the institutions. But the court registrar raised an objection.
According to sources, the registrar said that the FIR was filed in Karachi so it did not come under the jurisdiction of the Islamabad High Court.
Earlier, Gill through his lawyer requested the IHC to declare the registration of a case against him in Karachi illegal.
PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry, Niazullah Niazi and others submitted the petition in the Islamabad High Court.
Gill driver’s wife gets bail
Police on Thursday arrested the wife and brother-in-law of Gill’s driver in a case related to allegedly abetting mutiny and sedition.
Police could not find Gill’s phone and they believed that the PTI leader might have handed it over to his driver who was with him at the time of his arrest.
On Thursday, the PTI leader was also charged with another offence (disappearing evidence and giving false information).
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani