In a mutiny case filed against him at the capital’s Ramna police station, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted PTI Chairman Imran Khan protective bail till May 3.
Imran’s bail was approved by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, who presided over the hearing, in exchange for the submission of Rs100, 000 in surety bonds.
Manzoor Ahmed Khan, a magistrate, filed a first information report (FIR) against Imran earlier this month at Islamabad’s Ramna police station for “spreading hatred between the institutions and the public” and “attempting to cause unforgivable damage to the institutions and their top officers.”
Earlier today, the PTI chief requested protective bail in the case through his counsel. The registrar’s office objected to the request on several grounds, one of which was the lack of biometric verification. However, the PTI legal team later addressed and resolved these objections, and the case was heard.
On April 14, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted the ex-PM protective bail in the case till April 26. Imran then approached the IHC, demanding that the mutiny case against him be dismissed.
Imran’s legal team, which included Barrister Salman Safdar, Faisal Chaudhry, Ali Bukhari, and others, appeared in court today.
Safdar notified the court at the start of the session that the biometric verification issue had been rectified.
However, Advocate General Jahangir Jadoon of Islamabad objected to Imran’s plea being heard on the same day it was filed. Jadoon stated that if others submitted similar pleas, they should be treated the same way.
However, the court emphasized that the petitioner, as a Pakistani resident, was entitled to bail.
The advocate general agreed with the court’s decision, but urged that the petitioner be ordered to appear before the appropriate court after being granted bail.
At the request of the AG, the court ordered PTI leader to cooperate with the inquiry and granted him bail until May 3.
The appeal, filed by PTI chief’s legal team, said that the case was initiated against Imran for political motives and to destroy his name.
According to the plea, the government has found no evidence of corruption against Imran and is now dragging him into spurious charges in order to blackmail him. The petition requested that the FIR be dismissed.