ATC rejects Faisal Raza Abidi’s bail plea filed over health grounds

ATC rejects Faisal Raza Abidi’s bail plea filed over health grounds

ISLAMABAD: An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) has rejected the post arrest bail plea filed over health grounds by the counsel of former Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in multiple contempt of court and cyber crime cases.

The ATC after examining the medical report and recommendations of Adiala Jail administration rejected the bail application.

According to report all the health related facilities were equipped with jail hospital whereas Abidi was being treated well in the hospital.

In the previous hearing the counsel of the farmer senator had told the court of ATC-II judge Shahrukh Arjumand that his client was suffering from various medical issues that needed to be addressed at hospital.

It is worth mentioning that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had booked Abidi under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) 2016. According to the FIR registered against the former Senator, Mr Abidi with criminal intent had used sarcastic, derogatory and defamatory language against the chief justice of Pakistan and was prima facie guilty of offences punishable under sections 10(a), 11 and 20 of Peca, read with sections 109 and 509 of the PPC.

Abidi is also facing other FIRs registered at the secretariat police station under PPC’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34, along with the ATA, in response to a complaint lodged by SC public relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kambyo for using threatening language and leveling allegations against government institutions and individuals holding the highest constitutional posts.

The court fixed the next date of hearing as November 20 whereas charges would be framed against the accused in the next hearing as well as charges and evidences documents’ copy was provided to the Abidi’s counsel.