Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday filed a petition in the District and Sessions Court seeking an adjournment of the Toshahana case for five days.
Former Prime Minister Ali Bokhari’s lawyer told the judge that his client was coming to Islamabad from Lahore as he was scheduled to appear before two other courts in the Judicial Complex. He said his client would not be able to attend the Toshahana case hearing due to lack of time.
At this, the judge expressed outrage stating: “Why him [Imran Khan] cannot appear in court when he attends hearings in the Court Complex?”. He remarked that the PTI chief should first come here on charges and then he can go anywhere.
ECP lawyer Saad Hassan also opposed the adjournment request, saying the suspect did not want to appear before the court. Later, the judge adjourned the hearing till later today and ordered Imran Khan to appear before him.
Last year, the apex electoral body sent the reference to the district and sessions court under Sections 137, 170 and 167 of the Election Act, seeking criminal proceedings against Imran Khan for improper declaration of assets for 2017-2018 and 2018-19. ECP, in the petition , called for a three-year prison sentence and the imposition of a fine on the PTI chief.
On December 15, the court admitted the commission’s plea against Mr. Khan. In its three-page judgement, the court observed that prima facie, the former prime minister did not mention the details of the gifts he acquired from Toshakhana. In August last year, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) had moved the ECP against Imran Khan for failing to provide details of Rs 21.5 million gifts he had received from Toshakhana.
Later in October, the EKP, in a unanimous decision, found the former prime minister guilty of “corrupt practices” and disqualified him from being an MP.