IHC decides not to pursue indictment against Imran Khan in contempt case after ‘apology’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday apologised at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for his controversial remarks against Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

The contempt of court case against Imran Khan was heard by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday. 

PTI chairman said, “I apologise, if I have crossed the line”.

During the hearing, the PTI Chairman prayed to the court to give him a chance to speak, he expressed willingness to apologize in person to the female judge.

On which the court holded the indictment of comept charge and adjourned the hearing till October 3.

Earlier IHC issued a circular, in which it was stated that larger bench of the court will frame contempt of court charges against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for passing controversial remarks about Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during a rally in Islamabad on August 20.

“A 15-member legal team of Imran Khan, 15 law officers from the office of Attorney General and Advocate General will be allowed to enter the courtroom,” read the circular.

No one will be allowed to enter the courtroom without the special passes issued by the IHC Registrar’s office, it added.

The circular further stated that, “Islamabad administration and police will take security arrangements to maintain the decorum of the court.” 

Furthermore, a five-member larger bench of the IHC had decided to frame charges against Imran Khan in the contempt of court case during the last hearing on September 8.

The five-member bench was headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and comprised of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangir, and Justice Babar Sattar.

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