IHC serves notice to Shahbaz Gill on plea against dismissal of physical remand

Govt moves IHC to rule out district and sessions court decision and grant an extension in Gill's physical remand

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PTI leader Shahbaz Gill arriving in police custody for a hearing at an Islamabad district and sessions court on Friday in the federal capital.— Online
PTI leader Shahbaz Gill arriving in police custody for a hearing at an Islamabad district and sessions court on Friday in the federal capital.— Online 

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued a notice to senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill on the federal government's plea against the rejection of an extension in his physical remand sought under a separate plea in a sedition case.

Islamabad Advocate-General Jahangir Jadoon on Saturday (August 13), pleaded to the court to rule out the district and sessions court's decision and grant an extension in Gill's physical remand.

IHC acting Chief Justice Amir Farooq took up the petition today.

At the outset of the hearing, the petitioner accused the PTI leader of targeting a state institution that had rendered great sacrifices for the country.

At this, the court asked: "Why do you want an extension in the physical remand of Shahbaz Gill? What will you do if the remand is extended? the court inquired.

“It is a fact that your review petition has been dismissed and the physical remand [of Shahbaz Gill] is over,” observed the court.

The petition apprised the court that the police needed an extension in Gill's remand as they have to recover the suspect’s laptop and other devices to take the investigation to its logical end.

Meanwhile, the court served a notice to Gill and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (August 16).

Islamabad court seeks arguments on Gill's bail plea

Earlier, an Islamabad court on Monday sought arguments on the bail plea of senior PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in a sedition case filed against him.

During Monday's proceedings, Gill's lawyer Faisal Chaudhry appeared in the court of an additional district and sessions judge, who was hearing the accused leader's bail plea.

Chaudhry requested the court to issue a verdict on the plea today (Monday), maintaining that his arguments are ready.

At this, the judge remarked that a similar case is under trial in the Islamabad High Court as well. 

Responding to the remark, Faisal maintained that the matter under trial in the IHC is related to the order of the judicial magistrate and, therefore, this court can hear the case regardless of the case in the high court.

"It is a declared law that no one can be kept in jail for a single minute without reason," he contended, adding that the government wants to delay this matter on purpose.

At this, the court directed the investigation officer to appear in court with records at 11am, ordered the lawyer to submit a power of attorney on Gill's behalf, and sought arguments from the parties upon resumption of the hearing at 11am.

However, the hearing was further adjourned till 2pm.

Meanwhile, the prosecution has requested the court to keep the case adjourned.

The case

Gill was arrested last Tuesday afternoon from Banigala Chowk in the capital a day after making controversial remarks on a private TV channel. He was subsequently booked on charges of sedition and inciting members of state institutions against the Pakistan Army.

A treason case was registered against him at the Kohsar Police Station under several sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 124-A (sedition), 131 (abetting mutiny, or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot if rioting be committed; if not committed), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc), and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), among others.