Fawad Chaudhry sent on 14-day judicial remand

Fawad Chaudhry sent on 14-day judicial remand

Islamabad (Web Desk): A local court in the federal capitl on Monday sent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry to jail on 14-day judicial remand in a case regarding alleged incitement of violence against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

According to details, the former federal minister was produced in the court today upon expiry of a second two-day physical remand given to the police.

Fawad’s counsels Faisal Chaudhry, Advocate Babar Awan, and Ali Bukhari were present in the courtroom whereas ECP’s lawyer Saad Hassan, State Prosecutor Adnan Ali, Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Ali were also in attendance.

Judicial Magistrate Waqas Ahmed Raja rejected the prosecution’s plea to extend Fawad’s physical remand and sent him on judicial remand.

During today’s hearing the, prosecutor said that a photogrammetric test has been done but they want to recover Fawad mobile, laptop, and other devices.

At the judge's query, the official said "the photogrammetric test is conducted to confirm the identity of a person with voice and photo matching".

However, the ECP’s counsel didn't press for further remand. "We only wanted the photogrammetric test, which has been done," he said.

Upon this, Fawad's counsel Babar Awan said his client had admitted to passing these comments and he was standing by his statement.

"Don't know who the prosecution wants to please. They have made the case a joke. Which laptop do they want to recover?"

Awan requested the judge to restrict the police from abusing his client.

“Did they cover your face with a cloth today?” the judge asked Fawad. The PTI leader replied that they had not.

However, the former minister told the court that he had not slept for more than two and a half hours in six days.

The PTI leader told the court that he was made to ride in the cargo bed of the police pickup truck in the cold.

The court, after listening to both sides’ arguments, sent Fawad Chaudhry on a judicial remand.

Earlier on Saturday, the local court in Islamabad sent the PTI leader on a two-day physical remand after a district and sessions court accepted the Islamabad Police’s plea overturning a decision that sent the former minister on judicial remand and rejected Fawad’s plea to discharge him from the sedition case.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry was arrested by Islamabad police from his Lahore’s residence on charges of sedition in the early hours of Wednesday (January 25) and shifted to the federal capital the same day.

As per the The FIR registered at the Kohsar Police Station on the complaint of ECP Secretary Umar Hameed accused Fawad of “inciting violence against a constitutional institution”. It was registered under 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.