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IHC granted protective bail to former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi

The Islamabad High Court on Monday has granted the protective bail to former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in pertaining to the use of defamatory language against chief justice and apex court and ordered him to approach the trial court.
He was granted bail against the Rs 0.1 million and five thousands surety bonds in two cases respectively.
Justice Athar Minallah and Mian Gul Hassan hearing the case asked about the trial court and ordered the lawyer of the accused to approach it.
The court had ordered arrest warrants for the former PPP leader, however, police couldn’t locate his whereabouts despite several raids.
Abidi with his counsel approached the IHC today seeking bail in the case. However, the court also ordered him to appear before the trial court in Islamabad.
In cyber crime case the justice Mohsin Akhter accepted his protective bail for three days against the surety of Rs 5000.On September 21, former senator Faisal Raza Abidi was booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the capital police for “defaming the Supreme Court and judges”.
The FIA and police will conduct separate investigations, police officials said, and that the former senator and others were booked under several charges, including the Anti-Terrorism Act.
According to the case registered with the FIA, a programme titled Subah Subhah Naya Pakistan was aired by web channel Naya Pakistan on July 2, which was hosted by anchorperson Shanza Sheikh Rahman.
The guest speaker on the show was Faisal Raza Abidi. It says that during the course of his appearance on the show, the accused, with criminal intent and ulterior motives and without any lawful justification used sarcastic, derogatory, disrespectful and defamatory language against the chief justice etc. which it says is tantamount to creating a sense of fear, panic and insecurity among the government, general public and society.