Judge Humayun Dilawar who sentenced Imran Khan transferred to OSD role
By News Desk
August 25, 2023 08:52 PM
In a new development, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar who sentenced Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case has been transferred.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar has been made Officer on Special Duty (OSD).
The channel report said Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar has been instructed to report to the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The notification has also been issued by the Additional Registrar on the instructions of the IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq on Friday.
The decision comes shortly after Judge Dilawar's role in the high-profile case that involved the former Prime Minister Imran Khan and the leader of the most popular party in the country.
Judge Dilawar jailed Imran Khan for three years in his decision in the Toshakhana case announced on August 5. The verdict issued by Judge Dilawar attracted significant attention worldwide.
As an Officer on Special Duty, Judge Dilawar's responsibilities may differ from his previous role as a judicial officer. OSD positions are often associated with specific administrative tasks and temporary assignments.
The decision to transfer Judge Dilawar comes at a time when the political and legal landscape in Pakistan continues to evolve.
The district and sessions court in Islamabad on August 5 declared PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan guilty in Toshakhana criminal case and sentenced him to three-year jail.
While pronouncing the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar said the accused had been found indulged in “corrupt practices”, and also disqualified him from politics for five years, imposing a ban on his political activities
Slapping a fine of Rs100,000, the court ordered Islamabad inspector general of police to arrest Imran Khan immediately. In case of non-payment of fine, the PTI chief would spend another six months in prison.
Interestingly, Imran Khan was arrested from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, half an hour after a district and sessions court in Islamabad found him guilty and sentenced him to three-year jail and disqualified him from politics for five years in Toshakhana criminal case.
Judge Humayun Dilawar left for England to attend a judicial conference soon after giving a verdict in the Toshakhana case against Imran Khan.
A letter dated August 4 regarding the nomination of Judge Humayun Dilawar for training in London has come to the fore. The IHC chief justice had nominated the judge for the training at the University of Hull in London from August 5 to August 13.
According to the 24News HD TV channel report, the process of joining the judicial conference by judges from Islamabad had been going on for two months. Names of some judges were changed, and those of others were added, after they were not granted visas to attend the judicial conference. In Peshawar too, the names of some judges were changed after they did not get visas.
Reproter: Babar Shahzad Turk