ISLAMABAD: The court has granted the physical remand of Fawad Chaudhary and handed him over to the police on Saturday.
In a brief order, the police court also ordered for Chaudhary to be produced before a Judicial Magistrate.
Earlier, the Adiala Police appeared with Fawad Chaudhary before the court, and after the resuming hearing, the prosecutor presented arguments.
The prosecutor informed the court that the investigation officer (IO) requested four days of physical remand.
He stated that in the judgment of the Judicial Magistrate, there is no reference to a photogrammetric test, but the police require such a test.
The prosecutor added that the IO wants to check mobile, laptop, and other devices to determine who is behind the statement of Fawad Chaudhary.
He also mentioned that they had technically only been granted one day of physical remand, but they did not waste any time and conducted the investigation as best as they could.
The prosecutor requested the court to nullify the previous judgment of the session court and grant physical remand.
Arguments of Fawad’s Counsel
Babar Awan, the counsel for Fawad Chaudhary argued in court that the rights given to Kulbhushan’s mother at the police station were not given to Fawad’s children.
He stated that, according to law, the accused is presumed innocent until convicted, and that he had requested permission to meet Fawad Chaudhry three days ago but had not yet received it.
He also reported that the accused was brought in clothed and not allowed to meet with his lawyers, which was a violation of human rights.
The counsel also criticized the police for requesting a remand to match Fawad’s picture with a video, and noted that Fawad was not produced despite repeated summons by the Lahore High Court.
A minister had previously stated on television that Chaudhry would be produced before a judge at six o’clock.
The counsel for Fawad Chaudhary questioned the integrity of the legal proceedings and whether it was a matter of justice or management.
He stated that if the terrorism section had been imposed, he would have requested the SHO be handcuffed.
Babar Awan, Fawad’s counsel, alleged that the police had violated seven police rules in the FIR and that the case against Fawad had been registered online.
He also claimed that the Chief Home Secretary of Punjab Province knew that he was committing fraud and that people were being misled.
Furthermore, Awan stated that those who had promised to come to power on Indian tanks had gained nine positions in the government, and that Fawad’s entire party held similar views.
The court sought arguments from the public prosecutor on Fawad’s discharge request.
The prosecutor argued that an application for discharge can only be filed when there is no evidence on record, and that there was sufficient material against Fawad.
The prosecutor concluded that Fawad’s discharge plea should be rejected.
Earlier, The police of ICT challenged the judgment of the session court, which rejected their request for the physical remand of Fawad Chaudhary.
The intra-court petition requested the court to nullify the previous decision and grant the remand of the arrested leader.
The Court of Session Judge Tahir Mehmood Khan heard the appeal and asked the prosecutor, “What did they investigate during the two days of physical remand?”
The state’s counsel expressed helplessness and said that the court granted 2 days of physical remand but they only received one day due to chaos and shifting.
The session court ordered the production of Fawad Chaudhary before the court and adjourned the hearing until 12:30 PM.
Hiba Chaudhary’s Media Talk
The wife of Fawad Chaudhary, Hiba Fawad, said in a media interview that the court summoned her husband to the session court today.
She said, “He was brought there in an armored vehicle, as if he were a terrorist.”
“He was not allowed to meet with his family, and his two daughters have not seen their father since his arrest,” says wife.
The court had ordered that the family and daughters should be reunited, but we do not know where they have been taken.
The Case Against Fawad Chaudhary
The First Information Report (FIR) against Fawad Chaudhary, has been registered by the Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for making derogatory remarks against the ECP.
In a media talk, Chaudhary stated that the chief election commissioner is a “Clark” and that he signs papers on the orders of the PDM government.
He made these comments when he was talking about the appointment of the chief minister of Punjab, Mohsin Raza Naqvi.
The FIR Registered invokes sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief), and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Islamabad’s Kohsar Police Station.
Islamabad Police said, “A case was registered against PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on the request of the constitutional body.”
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