Shahbaz Gill granted bail after arrest in sedition case

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted bail after arrest to PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in sedition case.

Bail plea has been accepted against surety bonds in the sum of Rs 500000.

 

The case came up for hearing before Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Athar Minallah Thursday.
CH IHC remarked during the hearing of the case that armed forces are not so much weak that a careless statement from any one influences them. Armed forces are not complainant in this case and this case has been made by the government.
Barrister Suleman Safdar counsel for Shahbaz Gill and prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi appeared in the court.
Barrister Suleman Safdar counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court Shahbaz Gill mentioned the name of PML-N leadership 9 times in his talks and as to why this part of his conversation was excluded. In fact it is based on ill intent.

The court inquired can the army be involved in politics as per constitution. Can any justification be given regarding these words of spokesperson of a political party. This is not only a speech.

Suleman Safdar counsel for Shahbaz Gill read out the transcript of speech of Shahbaz Gill.

The court remarked this transcript tells political parties have fomented the hatred to how much extent.

Counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court the speech of his client has not fanned chaos as much as the plaintiff of the case did fan. The plaintiff is not aggrieved party in this case. Emman Mazari case came to this court. You dismissed the case.

The court remarked that is a separate case. You should talk about this case.

The counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court this case has been made by rival political party PML-N.

The court remarked don’t say so. Shahbaz Gill has shown carelessness in his talks. The careless statement of Shahbaz Gill can not be justified in any way.

The counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court Shahbaz Gill remand was made too much controversial. The sedition clauses made this case controversial. Trial court said 12 out of 13 clauses don’t apply to Shahbaz Gill. It means trial court gave the case only one number. No such case has come to open that any officer rebelled. No trace of such incident was found in army, Navy or some other place. What Shahbaz Gill did he has already suffered punishment too much in this respect.

The court remarked was permission obtained from the government before registering case of treason. The permission was not sought.

Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi told the court the permission was obtained.

The counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court armed forces were not targeted at all in Shahbaz Gill statement. How the government is seeking support from the allegations of treason and terrorism against its political rivals. The court should mull over it how the cases of heinous crimes were being instituted against political rivals.

The court remarked the government of which Shahbaz Gill was spokesperson too took support of such cases.

The court remarked don’t go into such allegations and talk of the law.

The counsel for Shahbaz Gill told the court Quaid-e-Azam too had said not to comply with wrong order. Shahbaz Gill had too said that thing .

The court remarked no, it was statement based on carelessness.

The counsel for Shahbaz Gill said what happened with Shahbaz Gill during remand. If I am allowed, I can tell it.

The court remarked a separate bench of this court has issued order on this matter.

The CJ IHC inquired from special prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi did it emerge during the investigation that Shahbaz Gill contacted any soldier for sedition. Was complaint lodged by armed forces ever. Can armed forces be impressed by such careless statement. Trial court abolished all your clauses except one. Did you challenge that order of trial court.

Prosecutor told the court there was no need to challenge that order of trial court.

The court remarked if order goes against you need arises to challenge it. This court does not accept sedition case. Tell us where is approval of chief commissioner and interior ministry for making sedition case.

The special prosecutor told the court Shahbaz Gill tired to drag the armed forces into politics.

The court remarked we already said it was a careless statement. But tell us what offence can be made in this matter. Trial court abolished all of your remaining clauses and you were satisfied over it.

Prosecutor told the court Shahbaz Gill had said one thing on news channel and every second citizen of the country was watching that news channel. News channel is watched in armed forces as well. This is enough to prove the allegation of inciting to sedition.

The court remarked tell us if Shahbaz Gill had asked any one to rebel.

He did not ask one but he incited all to sedition.
Upon it court remarked tell us how this offence can be made according to what is laid down in the law. Tell us what offence can be made.

Special prosecutor told the court case can be made against Shahbaz Gill under section 131.

The court remarked it is mentioned in that section that if any officer is asked to rebel. They imposed draconian laws during their government. You want to slap them now too.
Prosecutor told the court Shahbaz Gill did not refute his words.
The court inquired did Shahbaz Gill contact any officer or soldier for sedition that they should rebel.
Prosecutor told the court there are very sensitive things in satellite of Shahbaz Gill.
The court remarked has any report in this regard come. What was therein.

The prosecutor said no report has come so far on this matter. Shahbaz Gill did not cooperate in the investigation.

The court remarked he was arrested and was in jail then how he did not cooperate. If it is so then it is case of further inquiry. No one can be deprived of bail unless solid material is found against him.

The prosecutor told the court no contact of Shahbaz Gill with any person of armed forces came to light during the investigation.

The court remarked there is no possibility that Shahbaz Gill repeats his statement again. There is no possibility of tempering the evidence by ShahbaZ Gill.

Prosecutor told the court give us time we will complete the trial within 30 days.

The court after hearing the arguments of lawyers of respondents ordered to release Shahbaz Gill against surety bonds in the sum of Rs 5 lac.