Court defers indicting Imran in Toshakhana case

Approves request for exemption from appearance on medical grounds

Saqib Virk February 07, 2023
Former prime minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: COURTESY/BBCURDU


A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Tuesday deferred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former prime minister Imran Khan's indictment in the Toshakhana reference, approving his request for a temporary exemption from appearance on medical grounds till Feb 21.

The court was set to frame charges against Imran in the Toshakhana reference, directing the ousted premier to ensure in-person attendance.
However, Barrister Gohar and Ali Bukhari appeared before the court on behalf of

Imran and filed a request for exemption from the PTI chief's attendance on medical grounds.

Subsequently, the court accepted Imran's request and adjourned the hearing.
Last week, a district and sessions court had set Feb 7 as the date for framing charges against the PTI chief in the Toshakhana reference.

The reference was filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Nov last year, praying the court to proceed against Imran under criminal law for allegedly misleading officials about the gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as the premier.

The ECP had requested that the PTI chief be convicted for the offences mentioned under sections 167 (corrupt practice) and 173 (making or publishing a false statement or declaration) of the Elections Act 2017.

It added that as per the record, the state gifts were purchased from the Toshakhana for Rs21.5 million on the basis of their assessed value, while they were valued at around Rs108 million.

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal directed Imran to submit surety bonds worth Rs20,000, instructing him to ensure in-person attendance in court at the next hearing.


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