Islamabad (October 10, 2018): Former Senator, Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested from outside the Supreme Court premises today in a contempt of court case.
The former parliamentarian has been moved to Secretariat Police Station, Islamabad. He was taken into custody after his appearance in the case hearing at the Supreme Court.
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During the hearing, the apex court sought a written reply from the ex-senator in the contempt case he is facing. Abidi requested the court to delay the hearing saying his counsel was out of the country to perform Umrah.
Earlier on October 02, the Islamabad High Court granted the protective bail to former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in pertaining to the use of defamatory language against chief justice and apex court and ordered him to approach the trial court.He was granted bail against the Rs 0.1 million and five thousands surety bonds in two cases respectively.
Justice Athar Minallah and Mian Gul Hassan hearing the case asked about the trial court and ordered the lawyer of the accused to approach it.
The court had ordered arrest warrants for the former PPP leader, however, police couldn’t locate his whereabouts despite several raids.
In cyber crime case the justice Mohsin Akhter accepted his protective bail for three days against the surety of Rs 5000.On September 21, former senator Faisal Rcybercrimeas booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the capital police for “defaming the Supreme Court and judges”.
The FIA and police will conduct separate investigations, police officials said, and that the former senator and others were booked under several charges, including the Anti-Terrorism Act.
According to the case registered with the FIA, a programme titled Subah Subhah Naya Pakistan was aired by web channel Naya Pakistan on July 2, which was hosted by anchorperson Shanza Sheikh Rahman.
The guest speaker on the show was Faisal Raza Abidi.It says that during the course of his appearance on the show, the accused, with criminal intent and ulterior motives and without any lawful justification used sarcastic, derogatory, disrespectful and defamatory language against the chief justice etc. which it says is tantamount to creating a sense of fear, panic and insecurity among the government, general public and society.
It says Faisal Raza Abidi is prima facie guilty of offences punishable under sections 10(a), 11 and 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016 read with sections 109 and 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
An FIA official said the case will be registered by the FIA’s cyber crime wing, which was registered under the prevention of the Electronic Crimes Act and the PPC.
Another case was registered at the Secretariat police station under PPC’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34 along with the ATA in response to a complaint lodged by SC Public Relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kambyo.