Court puts off Azam Swati’s bail plea till tomorrow
Balochistan High Court orders withdrawal of all cases against PTI leaders
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The PTI lawyer has told a special court in Islamabad that the Federal Investigation Agency’s case against Senator Azam Swati on his controversial tweets was unreasonable, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Special Judge Central Azam Khan on Monday heard the petition filed by Swati’s son, Usman Swati, seeking his father’s bail in a controversial tweets case registered by the FIA.
During the hearing, PTI lawyer Babar Awan presented his arguments. He contended that the complainant was not the affected party in this case. He said the case was registered by the FIA. He argued that it was not a contempt case either ‘but if we presume that it’s a contempt case, then it warrants only Rs1,000 fine on the contemnor’. He said that it’s a height of apathy that a 75-year-old man was roamed between two provinces.
The PTI lawyer completed his arguments today.
However, special prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi will start his arguments tomorrow.
The court adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.
Earlier, special judge central Raja Asif Mehmood reserved the judgement on Swati’s bail application. But on Dec 14, he was transferred to the Islamabad High Court and Azam Khan was appointed as special judge central in his place.
Azam Swati was arrested last month by the FIA on the charge of posting highly objectionable tweets against the state institutions on the social media site Twitter.
A number of cases were registered against him in Sindh and Balochistan. It was the second time that the PTI leader was taken into custody by the FIA in less than two months.
On December 9, the Balochistan High Court ordered the police to release Swati and quash all the five FIRs registered against him in the province.
Soon after the BHC release order, Swati was taken into custody by the Sindh police and flew to Karachi.
However, when his case was heard by the Sindh High Court, it also restrained the authorities from arresting the senator in any more cases of same offence.
BHC quashes all cases Azam Swati
The Balochistan High Court has quashed all cases against Azam Swati.
BHC’s Justice Abdul Hameed Baloch while pronouncing the reserved decision on Monday ordered withdrawal of three cases registered in Chaman, Bela and Wondar.
Five cases had already been withdrawn against Swati and three were taken back on Monday.
Reporters Ehtisham Kiyani and Esa Khan