Infostani International: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is deliberating Imran Khan’s challenge to the jail trial in corruption cases. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq’s bench, after hearing arguments, including evidence of media access, reserved judgment. Imran Khan’s lawyer emphasized the absence of a court order. Legal complexities, including a potential typographical error, add to the ongoing legal intricacies.
IHC Reserves Verdict on Imran Khan’s Petition Challenging Jail Trial in £190 Million and Toshakhana NAB Cases
On Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on Imran Khan’s petition challenging the jail trial in the £190 million and Toshakhana NAB corruption cases. The two-member bench, led by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri, heard the plea.
Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Awan opposed the former premier’s plea, presenting Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube screenshots as evidence that media had access to the trial. Imran Khan’s lawyer, Shoaib Shaheen, argued that there was no court order pertaining to the jail trial, emphasizing the issuance of a notification before the references were filed, indicating malicious intent.
Shaheen mentioned the judge overseeing the cases, stating that he had prioritized these cases over other responsibilities, conducting the trial solely from jail. He clarified that they did not oppose a jail trial but insisted on following certain parameters.
IHC Reserves Judgment on Imran Khan’s Prison Trial; AGP Acknowledges Possible Error in Notification
The IHC, after hearing the arguments, reserved judgment on the case. The day before, the AGP acknowledged a possible typographical error in the government’s November notification regarding Imran Khan’s prison trial in the NAB cases.
During arguments, Shaheen asserted that the procedure for the prison trial was not followed, referencing the IHC’s order in the diplomatic cypher case. The IHC had invalidated trial court proceedings, emphasizing the trial court judge’s absence of an order for Imran Khan’s prison trial.
AGP Awan countered, stating that the IHC’s order only applied to the trial court formed last year under the Official Secrets Act, not accountability courts. When questioned about the difference between the prison trials in the cipher and NAB cases, Awan highlighted the absence of the 16-B provision in the Official Secrets Act, present in the National Accountability Ordinance, which governs NAB and its cases.