Islamabad Court sends Shahbaz Gill on physical remand for 48 hours
An Islamabad district and sessions court sent senior PTI leader on physical remand for 48 hours in its verdict on a review plea seeking Gill’s physical remand in a sedition case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry announced the verdict and accepted the appeal of the police for criminal supervision.
According to the decision, Shahbaz Gill has been handed over to the police for another 48 hours on physical remand.
Earlier, the court had reserved its decision after hearing the review petition against the order rejecting Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand.
During the hearing, Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi and accused Shahbaz Gill’s lawyer Salman Safdar presented their arguments.
At the beginning of the hearing, the prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi read the text of the case to the court.
He said that after the arrest of Shahbaz Gill, the judicial magistrate granted physical remand for 2 days, further physical remand was requested by the investigating officer.
Abbasi said that the accused is telling lies repeatedly, a polygraphic test is to be conducted, the physical remand request of the police was rejected by Judicial Magistrate Umar Shabbir. Gill’s mobile phone containing all the contents is to be recovered from the accused.
Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi said that the investigating officer clearly wrote that not only recovery but also investigation on various aspects, the mobile phone of the accused is in the possession of his driver.
He said that the duty magistrate should have considered all aspects of the matter but he rejected the request.
“How did he [magistrate] take Gill’s statement for the final statement?” he asked.
The special prosecutor further stated that Gill has already confessed that his driver has one of his mobile phones.
“The IO clearly wrote in the plea that it’s not just about the recovery [of the phone] but there are other aspects that need to be investigated,” he said.
Gill was arrested last Tuesday afternoon from Banigala Chowk in the capital a day after making controversial remarks on a private TV channel. He was subsequently booked on charges of sedition and inciting members of state institutions against the Pakistan Army.