Sedition case: After getting bail, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry released from jail

Judge remarks parliamentarians should not give provocative statements
<p>Photo: File</p>

Photo: File

Hours after he was given bail in a sedition case for threatening officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan and their family, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry was released from jail on Wednesday evening.

He was allowed to leave the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi where he was being kept on judicial remand.

Earlier on Wednesday, a district and sessions court of Islamabad had approved bail for Fawad.

The bail was approved subject to Fawad submitting surety bonds worth Rs20,000.

He is facing sedition charges after he threatened members of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Judge Faizan Gillani approved Fawad’s bail on condition that he would not use foul language against the ECP members.

The court rejected pleas of ECP’s counsel and prosecutor for turning down PTI leader’s bail plea.

Judge remarked that the parliamentarians should refrain from giving provocative statements.

Talking to reporters outside the court, Fawad’s wife Hiba Chaudhry thanked PTI and its supporters for standing by her in difficult times.

The case

A case had been registered against Fawad Chaudhry in Islamabad’s Kohsar police station on the application of ECP secretary; who blamed PTI leader for talking against the commission and chief election commissioner.

Fawad Chaudhry was arrested by police from Lahore during the wee hours of January 25 for threatening CEC.

The first information report (FIR) was filed against him for his speech where he allegedly stated that the status of the ECP is the same as a ‘secretary’ and the ‘chief election commissioner signs documents like a clerk’.

The former minister was arrested shortly after he held a press conference in Lahore, where he threatened the members of the ECP and their families with repercussions if “those involved in the May 25 incident,” were appointed (in Punjab caretaker setup) or retained in their positions.

He also strongly criticized the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister and stated that “those who are being appointed as the caretaker of [Punjab] government will be followed until they are punished”.

He also reported to have lodged a formal complaint with the ECP against the appointment of those directly involved in the crackdown in Punjab.

The complaint invokes 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 (PPC).

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