Rs20bn defamation suit filed by ex-CJP against Imran Khan dismissed

Additional district judge Islamabad dismisses lawsuit against Khan, terming it time-barred

By
Arfa Feroz Zake

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan (left) and former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. — Facebook/Imran Khan/AFP/File
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan (left) and former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. — Facebook/Imran Khan/AFP/File 
  • Islamabad court dismisses former CJP's lawsuit against PTI founder.
  • Former CJP had filed defamation case against Khan in Jan 2015. 
  • He said Khan levelled "baseless" allegations against judiciary. 


A local court in Islamabad Saturday dismissed a Rs20 billion defamation lawsuit filed against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan by former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry after almost 10 years.

In July 2014, the former CJP sent a defamation notice worth Rs20 billion to Khan for accusing him of rigging in the 2013 general election.

Chaudhry’s lawyers had warned that legal proceedings would be initiated against Khan if he failed to apologise for the allegations he had levelled earlier against their client.

However, the former top judge formally filed the lawsuit against the PTI founder in the court of district and sessions judge in the federal capital in January 2015.

In his lawsuit, the former CJP stated that the PTI founder used derogatory remarks against him in his statement published on June 27, 2014. It further claimed that Khan levelled baseless and fabricated allegations against the judiciary.

After prolonged proceedings, the court dismissed the lawsuit against Khan, declaring the defamation notice as time-barred.

In her verdict, Additional District Judge Islamabad-West Haseena Saqlain said that the complaint stands rejected having been filed beyond the limitation period stipulated under Section 12 of the Ordinance 2002.

The judge noted that according to the plaintiff’s claim, Khan used derogatory remarks against Chaudhry on June 27, 2014. The complainant moved the court on January 20, 2015, after a span of six months and 24 days.

“The presumption is now that the plaintiff was aware of the alleged defamatory remarks on the date of publication. Consequently, the filing the instant suit beyond the limitation period stipulated under Section 12 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 is not permissible…,” read the verdict.