Shahbaz Gill handed over to police on another two-day physical remand
Islamabad court accepts review appeal
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Accepting the review appeal, Additional Session Judge Zeba Chaudhry on Wednesday handed over Shahbaz Gill to police on physical remand of two days.
Judge Zeba Chaudhry remarked that after hearing detailed arguments from both the sides she reviewed the case deeply and decided to approve another two-day physical remand of Shahbaz Gill because she agreed with the police that the investigation is still incomplete.
Earlier, the court reserved its ruling on the review plea seeking physical remand of Shahbaz Gill in sedition case. Judge Zeba Chaudhry who heard the review appeal as per the orders of the Islamabad High Court, announced that the decision will be pronounced at 3:00 pm Wednesday.
Gill's lawyers Salman Safdar and Faisal Chaudhry appeared in the court and presented their arguments before the judge.
At the outset of the proceedings, Special Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi informed the court that the judicial magistrate remanded Gill into police custody for two days but the investigation officer requested for an extension in the remand.
He said that the duty magistrate should have considered all aspects of the matter but he rejected the request. "How did he take Shahbaz Gill's words as the final statement?" he asked.
Abbasi maintained that a remand of at least 10 days is granted in ordinary cases while this is a case of criminal conspiracy. He contended that the accused PTI leader is telling lies again and again and, therefore, further interrogation and a polygraph test is required.
The special prosecutor further stated that Gill had already confessed that his driver has one of his mobile phones. "The investigation officer clearly wrote in the plea that it's not just about the recovery of the phone but there are other aspects that need to be investigated," he said.
A district court in Islamabad has reserved its verdict on the petition filed by the prosecution to get physical remand of PTI leader Shehbaz Gill for a few more days in the case of making anti-state institution statement, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
Giving his arguments in the case, Gill’s counsel said that the case was filed against his client with a bad intent. Advocate Salman Safdar said that he had not been provided the case’s record as yet. “The purpose of seeking physical remand of the PTI leader is to get to a co-accused in the case, if any,” he opined.
Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, on the occasion, remarked that the record of the case was right in front of her.
Gill’s lawyer went on to add that an important point to note was that complainant in the case was a magistrate, who was not present in the courtroom since he was not interested in getting extension in the PTI leader’s physical remand. “I am at a loss to understand as to why a criminal case was registered against my client in a rush. “The government could at least have waited for the public reaction to Gill’s statement which he had made during a live talk show on a private news channel so that it could be ascertained whether that really could be termed against the country’s supreme state institution,” he said, and questioned, “How on earth could a magistrate be a complainant in the case.
Advocate Safdar said that a treason case could not be filed without the approval of the government. “I request the court to ask the prosecution whether it had obtained the consent of the federal cabinet before filing the case,” he said.
Gill’s lawyer further said that now when according to the prosecution’s claim his client had confessed to have made ‘mutinous’ statement against the Pakistan Army, why it was pressing for extension in the physical remand. “The reason for its insistence on getting the remand is that it wants the PTI leader to tell the name of the person who, according to the prosecution, had asked him to make such a controversial statement,” he contended.
Advocate Safdar said that every day politicians were invited to talk shows on news channels where they were asked questions. “One may object to some of the answers given by these politicians. But that does not mean all these statements can be labelled as mutinous or part of a conspiracy,” he argued.
Speaking on the occasion, Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi said that earlier a judicial magistrate and an additional sessions judge had turned down the request for an extension in Gill’s physical remand.
He also read out before the judge contents of the FIR registered against the PTI leader.
He prayed to the court to declare the judicial magistrate’s order in the case null and void since the interrogators wanted to grill PTI leader further.
Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani