IHC CJ orders Imran be shifted to Adiala jail

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Aamer Farooq on Monday ruled that PTI Chairman Imran Khan be shifted to Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail from the Attock district jail, where he is currently incarcerated in the cipher case.

The PTI chief was sent to jail on August 5 after he was convicted in the Toshakhana case. The trial court had ordered the Islamabad police chief to arrest the PTI chairman, but he was instead arrested by the Lahore police.

Moreover, the court had ordered the Adiala jail superintendent to receive Imran but he was taken to Attock jail. Subsequently, the ex-premier had petitioned the IHC seeking transfer from Attock jail to a better class facility in Adiala jail.

On August 11, Justice Farooq had reserved the verdict on Imran’s transfer application, stating he would “issue an appropriate order” on it.

Although the IHC had suspended his sentence in the Toshakhana case on August 29, a special court had directed Attock jail authorities to keep him in “judicial lockup” in connection with the cipher case.

Special court hearings in the cipher case against the PTI chief have been taking place at the Attock jail, citing security reasons. Earlier this month, the IHC also reserved its verdict on Imran’s plea challenging his trial at the Attock jail, rather than in Islamabad.

Today, Justice Farooq presided over the hearing while Imran’s lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat and Additional Attorney General Munawar Iqbal Dogal appeared before the court.

During the hearing, the IHC CJ remarked, “Shift the PTI chairman to Adiala jail”. He also sought a response from AAG Dogal on the matter.

A written ruling has yet to be issued in the case.

Meanwhile, talking to the media outside the IHC, Marwat said they had “finally been granted justice from the IHC to the extent of transfer of Khan sahib from the Attock jail to Adiala jail”, adding that it was a “little bit of justice” but he was glad about it.

He expressed his gratitude to Justice Farooq but also expressed his dissatisfaction at the court adjourning the hearing on a plea seeking an open hearing of Imran’s bail plea in the cipher case.

He said the reasons for which the hearing had been adjourned were “not acknowledged in the law”. Marwat expressed hope that the hearing would be held within a few days.