Islamabad police challenge dismissal of Fawad Chaudhry’s physical remand plea

Islamabad police challenge dismissal of Fawad Chaudhry's physical remand plea

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police on Saturday approached to district sessions judge court over the rejection of its request to extend Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry in a case pertaining to threating Election Commission, its members and  their families.

Earlier on Friday, a judicial magistrate in Islamabad had turned down the police request to extend Fawad Chaudhry’s physical remand and instead send him to jail for 14 days on judicial remand.

The police filed an appeal today (Saturday) before a sessions judge against the decision of Judicial Magistrate Ahmed Raja, on an FIR related to spreading hatred and inciting violence against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The petition urged the sessions judge to annul the decision of the judicial magistrate and further physical remand in police custody of Fawad Chaudhry should be approved.

Meanwhile, a court in Islamabad is hearing a post-arrest bail petition filed by the PTI leader’s legal representatives today.

Chaudhry is accused of publicly “threatening” the ECP members and their families.

What has happened so far
Earlier on Friday, the PTI leader was produced before Judicial Magistrate Waqas Ahmad Raja following the completion of his two-day physical remand in a case pertaining to hurling threats to members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The court turned down the police’s request for extension of physical remand and granted Fawad 14-day judicial remand and sent him to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

On Wednesday, the court had approved a two-day physical remand of the PTI leader, rejecting the Islamabad police’s request for an eight-day remand.

Following the order, the former federal information minister was shifted to the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) complex in Sector H-11.

The police also took Fawad to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for a medical checkup and declared him fit.

The PTI leader was arrested from his Lahore residence in the early hours of Wednesday after he publicly “threatened” the members of the ECP and their families in a media talk the day before.

Fawad denied all charges and demanded the dismissal of the case, calling it “fraud and the FIR is a shame.”



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