MQM leader Babar Gauri in police custody till July 12 in hate speech case

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi on Tuesday sent MQM leader Babar Gauri to police custody till July 12 in a 2015 case related to alleged hate speech.

Ghori, a former Federal Minister of Ports and Shipping Arrested On his return to the country, he ended his seven-year self-imposed exile at the Karachi airport on Monday.

The Investigating Officer (IO) in the case today produced him before the Administrative Judge of ATC so that he could be taken on remand for questioning.

The investigating officer said Gauri was booked along with other party leaders in a case related to her London-based party chief Altaf Hussain’s alleged provocative speeches in 2015.

He said a case was registered at the Sight Super Highway police station and requested the judge to grant 14 days physical remand of Gauri to complete her interrogation and other legal formalities.

Accepting the request, the judge remanded him to police custody till July 12, with the inquiry report directed to produce him on the next date.

In October 2019, an accountability court declared Gauri a proclaimed offender in a reference related to the alleged illegal regularization of 940 employees of the Karachi Port Trust, causing a loss of Rs 2.8 billion to the exchequer.

He is also facing a case related to alleged money laundering and terror financing against him along with Hussain in 2017.