ATC directs Imran to approach district court for pre-arrest bail

ISLAMABAD    -   The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday directed Pakistan Teh­reek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to approach the district court for interim bail as the matter did not fall in its ju­risdiction under the light of Is­lamabad High Court (IHC) ver­dict which removed the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) claus­es from the FIR filed against him, the other day. The case was heard by the ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan. Im­ran’s lawyer Dr. Baber Awan read out the judgment of the high court regarding shifting of case to the sessions’ court. The judge said that the police had not submitted case challan to the court so the defence had to file interim bail plea again to the relevant forum for re­lief. The court then maintained that it would be appropriate if the petitioner withdrew his interim bail plea from ATC as the matter didn’t fall in its ju­risdiction after the decision of the high court. After listening arguments, the court sent the matter to the district court and disposed of the bail plea of Im­ran Khan. It may be mentioned here that the capital police had registered an FIR against Im­ran Khan on his threatening re­marks against a woman judge of sessions’ court and police high ups of Islamabad.

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