LAHORE: A sessions court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a Rs 10 billion defamation suit, filed by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan over bribe allegations, till October 19.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Abdul Ghaffar conducted proceedings on the case. During the hearing, a counsel on behalf of Imran Khan submitted an application and contended that the suit was not maintainable.
He pleaded the court to dismiss it. At this, the court adjourning the hearing till October 19 sought arguments from Shehbaz Sharif's counsel on maintainability of the suit. Shehbaz Sharif had filed the Rs 10 billion damage suit in district and sessions court under sections 4 and 9 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 against the PTI chief.
He submitted that PTI chief Imran Khan alleged in a TV programme on April 26 that the Rs 10 billion bribe was offered to him by Shehbaz Sharif to keep silent over the Panama Papers case. He said that allegations levelled against him were not only false but also defamatory.
He said that Imran Khan also failed to tender a publicly broadcast apology despite the fact that he was served a legal notice in May for the purpose. He said that Imran Khan should pay Rs 10 billion in damages for attempting to discredit him.