Islamabad court overturns verdict denying extension in Fawad’s physical remand

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A district and sessions court on Saturday accepted the plea submitted by the Islamabad Police challenging the judicial magistrate’s ruling that sent the former information minister to Adiala Jail on a 14-day judicial remand.

Announcing the reserved verdict, the court directed the police to produce the PTI leader before the judicial magistrate court for further proceedings into the plea.

Meanwhile, Sessions Judge Tahir Mehmood Khan rejected Fawad’s petition seeking a discharge from the sedition case registered against him on the complaint of ECP Secretary Omar Hameed.

The district and sessions court judge had ordered the authorities to present Fawad before the court by 12:30pm, however, the police failed to produce him at the given time.

After a delay of over an hour, the police presented the PTI leader before the court. On the orders of the sessions judge, Fawad was uncuffed inside the premises of the courtroom.

While the police requested the sessions judge to “nullify” the judicial magistrate’s decision and extend Fawad’s physical remand for further investigation, the PTI leader submitted a plea asking the court to discharge him from the case.

The petition submitted by Fawad’s lawyers on his behalf stated that the PTI leader should be discharged from the case instead of being sent on a judicial remand. Sessions judge Tahir issued notices to the prosecutor and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Fawad — who is facing sedition charges for publicly “threatening” the members of the electoral body in a media talk — was arrested from his Lahore residence on Wednesday after a case was registered against him at the Kohsar Police Station.

He was presented before the court on Friday after the expiry of his physical remand, however, the prosecution’s request for an extension was turned down by Judicial Magistrate Waqas Ahmed Raja.