On Tuesday, an Islamabad district and sessions court granted post-arrest release to PTI leader Ali Amin Gandapur, who was arrested earlier this month on charges of endangering national institutions.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sikandar Khan delivered the reserved verdict on Monday. The judge also ordered PTI leader to provide two Rs0.3 million surety bonds.
Gandapur, a former federal minister, was apprehended last week outside the Dera Ismail Khan Bench of the Peshawar High Court. He was turned over to Golra police in Islamabad, but his detention was afterward transferred to Bhakkar police.
The first information report (FIR) filed against PTI leader with Golra police cited an audio recording in which he was allegedly heard using abusive language against the federal coalition, throwing threats at government officials, and inciting public opposition to the government.
Gandapur’s counsel, Sher Afazl Khan, stated during yesterday’s hearing that his client had never incited any organization against the state or provoked the people against the government. He claimed that the magistrate was not authorized to file the mutiny case against PTI leader because such FIRs are filed by the state.
Arrest and prosecution of Gandapur
Gandapur, a former federal minister and PTI’s central leader was arrested on April 6 outside the Peshawar High Court’s Dera Ismail Khan bench on charges of two criminal cases registered against him by DI Khan police and was sent to the central jail the next day on a six-day judicial remand.
On April 8, Islamabad police arrived at DI Khan’s residence and arrested PTI leader. A court magistrate in Islamabad then remanded him in police prison for a day.
On April 11, a judicial magistrate in Islamabad remanded PTI leader in police prison for two more days.
Gandapur’s post-arrest bail application was denied by an Islamabad district and sessions court on April 13, allowing Punjab police to arrest him in another case registered in Bhakkar under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Punjab Arms (Ordinance) of 2015. He was then taken to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for 14 days.
On April 15, a Sargodha anti-terrorism court handed over PTI leader to Bhakkar police on a three-day physical remand for questioning.