Shahbaz Gill moves IHC for bail in sedition case

Shahbaz Gill moves IHC for bail in sedition case

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill on Friday filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to get post-arrest bail in a sedition case.

In the petition, the PTI leader stated that 'evidence of torture was found' and thus, the IHC should grant post-arrest bail.

SHO Kohsar police station, magistrate Ghulam Murtaza and others have been made respondents in the case.

The petition states that: "On August 17, a medical board consisting of senior doctors of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) conducted an examination. According to both, the medical board of Adiala Jail and PIMS, evidence of torture was found on the petitioner and therefore the court should grant post-arrest bail."

It furthered that the bail should be granted to the PTI leader till the final decision of the case.

"The petitioner is the chief of staff officer of former prime minister Imran Khan,” it added.

Later, the court fixed the hearing for Monday (September 5) under IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.

Earlier on August 30, A District and Sessions Court in Islamabad rejected the bail plea of Shahbaz Gill in sedition case.

As per the detailed order, Gill’s counsel had also offered an apology for offending (the armed forces).

The PTI leader had also accepted the transcript of the programme, according to the prosecutor.

It was said that the accused had prima facie committed a crime under Section 131, which was a non-bailable offense and that there was solid evidence on record against him.

Shahbaz Gill was arrested on August 9 in Islamabad after a sedition case was filed against him for inciting mutiny within the Pakistan Army.

Another case was also registered against Gill after weapon was recovered from his residence in the Parliament Lodges during a police raid conducted as part of the investigation.

The PTI leader has already secured bail in the arms recovery case.