Imran Khan to be indicted in Toshakhana reference on Feb 7

Orders PTI chief to submit Rs20,000 surety bonds: ECP lawyer requests court to issue Imran’s arrest warrants in case

By: News Desk
Published: 09:22 AM, 31 Jan, 2023
Imran Khan to be indicted in Toshakhana reference on Feb 7
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A local court in Islamabad would indict PTI Chairman in Toshakhana reference on Feb 7, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal on Tuesday heard the case. He decided to indict Imran Khan in the Toshakhana reference on Feb 7 and asked the PTI chairman to submit Rs20,000 surety bonds.

Imran did not appear before the court today. The court had summoned the PTI chief in person for today’s hearing.

His lawyers submitted his medical certificate seeking exemption from appearance and also deposited Rs30,000 surety on his behalf to the court. 

The judge inquired of Imran’s lawyer Ali Bokhari where his power of attorney was. 

The ECP lawyer said that the power of attorney could not be obtained unless Imran came to the court himself. 

Lawyer Bokhari told the court that he had also submitted Imran’s medical certificate during previous hearing. 

The judge ordered him to submit his power of attorney today. 

The ECP lawyer requested the court to issue arrest warrants for Imran Khan. 

On Nov 14, 2022, the Election Commission of Pakistan has sent Toshakhana reference to the trial court to initiate criminal proceedings against former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

In October 2022, the ECP had disqualified the former premier under Article 63(1)(p) in the Toshakhana reference.

A four-member bench of the ECP declared Imran's National Assembly seat vacant as it unanimously decided that he had misled officials about the gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as the prime minister.

The reference was referred to the district and sessions judge under sections 137, 170 and 167 of the Election Act.

Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani