IHC hears Fawad Chaudhry’s plea against jail trial

Fawad Chaudhary

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) conducted a hearing on the plea filed by Fawad Chaudhry challenging the jail trial in connection with the contempt of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) case.

The proceedings were presided over by Justice Saman Rifat Imtiaz. Advocate Faisal Chaudhry represented Fawad Chaudhry before the court.

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The court, taking note of the matter, issued notices to both the ECP and the jail administration, demanding responses to the allegations raised during the hearing. Advocate Faisal asserted that they had submitted an application seeking a stay on the jail trial in the contempt of ECP case.

Highlighting the legal standpoint, the counsel argued that the law against contempt prohibits a jail trial in such cases. Furthermore, he contended that the ECP lacked the authority to conduct a jail trial in such a case, emphasising that such proceedings were being conducted against the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.

The lawyer representing Fawad Chaudhry raised concerns about the consequences faced by his client due to the ongoing jail trial against the founder of PTI, stating that it had led to Fawad Chaudhry’s imprisonment. Additionally, the lawyer shed light on the challenging conditions faced during prison trials, including intrusive body searches and restricted access to the pen.

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During the course of the hearing, the court took cognisance of a disturbing incident from the previous session. Advocate Suzanne Jahan Khan, representing the petitioner, was allegedly harassed by the jail administration. In response, the court issued a notice to the jail administration to address these accusations.

The IHC adjourned the hearing, issuing notices to all relevant parties involved in the case and urging them to provide their responses to the court’s queries.

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