Islamabad court rejects police request for 7-day extension in Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand

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An Islamabad district and sessions court rejected on Wednesday a request by the capital police for yet another extension of seven days in the physical remand of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, who has been booked and arrested on charges of sedition and inciting mutiny in the army following his controversial remarks on ARY News.

The judgement comes as the two-day period of Gill’s remand — initially approved last Wednesday — expired, much later than the scheduled date as the court concluded at previous hearings that the remand began late and as such remained incomplete.

The judgement was issued by Judicial Magistrate Malik Aman, who sent Gill on judicial remand.

According to the court order, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the completion of every investigation without unnecessary delay was the requirement of every law and the police were bound to submit the investigation report in court.

“If the investigation is not completed in the stipulated period of 14 days from the date of recording of the FIR then the officer-in-charge of the police station, within 3 days of the expiration of such period, forward to magistrate through the prosecutor an interim report stating therein the investigation till that extent.”

It stated that in Gill’s case, despite the lapse of 15 days, neither the interim nor the complete report was presented by the prosecution.

“Physical remand cannot be granted repeatedly, for the same purpose, without any positive progress,” it ruled, sending Gill to the judicial lock up.

The magistrate instructed the police to produce him before the court on September 7.