Judge moves sessions court to register FIR against MPA’s husband over road-rage fight

He earlier said he would not press charges


Saqib Bashir September 14, 2020
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ISLAMABAD:

The quarrel between PTI MPA’s spouse Chaudhry Khurram and Additional District and Sessions Judge Malik Jehangir Awan took a turn on Monday when he filed a petition in the sessions court to register a First Information Report (FIR).

“The police are bound to act according to the law,” the judge said. “Police are neither registering an FIR nor investigating the matter.”

The petition to register the FIR against Khurram was filed through lawyer Zahoorul Hassan in which the police have been made respondents.

On September 14, Khurram was detained by the capital police for hours after he slapped the judge during a road-rage fray in the high-security zone.

He became violent during a frenzied argument with Additional District and Sessions Judge Awan over “improper overtaking” on the road, according to sources.

The verbal slugfest turned into a fistfight when Khurram slapped the judge. Awan took out a gun from his car and fired shots near the legs of Khurram to make him stand down.

The scuffle happened near a gasoline station opposite the Foreign Office building on Constitutional Avenue – stone’s throw from key state buildings, including the Supreme Court, Parliament and President Houses, and the Prime Minister House.

A Secretariat police patrol reached the site, detained Khurram and drove him to the police station.

While confirming the incident, SP City Omar Khan told The Express Tribune that Khurram is the husband of Abida Raja, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA of the Punjab Assembly.

He added that Khurram’s wife was not present in the vehicle when the incident happened. No FIR was registered as neither side wanted to take the matter to court.

Khurram remained in “detention” at the police station for five hours and was released after the judge said he would not press the charges against him. DIG Operations Waqar-ud-Din Syed also confirmed the incident.

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