Security beefed up ahead of Imran’s indictment in contempt case today

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is all set to indict former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in the contempt of court case today, registered against him for threatening Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

Strict security arrangements have been made inside and around the court prior to the hearing, security has also been increased in various areas of the federal capital to deal with any potential untoward situation. The number of personnel deployed at sensitive places and important routes has also been increased.

The entry of lawyers, law officers and journalists in the courtroom will be subject to entry passes, while the registrar of the high court has also provided the facility to listen to audio cases in the press room and bar room.

Earlier, the high court had declared both supplementary replies submitted by Imran in the reference to be unsatisfactory and set September 22 as the date to indict him.

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The case will be heard by a larger bench of five judges headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. The larger bench of the court also includes Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb, Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar.

The hearing will begin at 2:30 pm.

On August 20, Imran had passed controversial remarks about the judge for approving his party leader Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand in a sedition case.

Issuing a circular regarding the code of conduct for the court appearance of the PTI chief, the IHC stated that a larger bench would hear the case on Thursday at 2:30 pm.

A 15-member legal team of Imran, 15 law officers from the attorney general and advocate general office, three court assistants and 15 court reporters will be allowed to be present in the courtroom.

The circular stated that five lawyers each from the high court and district bar will be allowed in the courtroom.

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