LHC Approves Protective Bail For Imran In ECP Protest Case Hearing

LHC Approves Protective Bail For Imran In ECP Protest Case Hearing
The Lahore High Court on Monday granted PTI chief Imran Khan a protective bail in the ECP protest case until March 3.

During the hearing, Imran said that he is awaiting x-rays on Feb 28, and requested the court to grant him time for the next hearing, which was granted.

The learned court had earlier issued the former premier a deadline for today to appear in the hearing.

At the previous hearing, Imran’s counsel Khawaja Tariq Rahim asked the court for adequate security measures, saying the team could discuss the steps with the high court’s security.

The court then directed the provincial police chief to discuss the arrangements and asked the counsel to present the party's chief in the court.

In a separate hearing, the court ruled that it would dismiss the matter that emerged over the difference of signatures of the PTI chief in the application, if the plea is withdrawn.

LHC had earlier warned the accused that it would issue a notice of contempt. Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh had pointed out that the ex-PM's signatures on the affidavit — attached with the plea — and the power of attorney, were different.

Imran had submitted a power of attorney in the court to declare Advocate Azhar Siddique as his counsel.

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On Feb 15, the LHC made the PTI chief’s appearance mandatory for a hearing, be it on a ‘stretcher or an ambulance’, as the former premier sought a protective bail.

According to the court, the bail couldn't be granted until Imran Khan appeared in the court. Dismissing the counsel's argument, Judge Sheikh had said, “Law is equal for everyone” and it is imperative for the accused to appear in the court for the bail.

An ATC in Islamabad canceled PTI chairman’s bail earlier that day. The court rejected Imran’s plea seeking an exemption from personal appearance and directed him to appear before the court. On his failure to appear on time, the court canceled the bail.

In a separate hearing, Islamabad High Court had restrained a banking court from cancelling Imran’s bail and granted him relief until Feb 22. The decision was issued by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Tariq Mehmood in the prohibited funding case.