Court grants Fawad Chaudhry bail in sedition case

An additional and session court on Wednesday granted the release of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior member Fawad Chaudhry in the sedition case.

Bail was granted against a 20,000 rupee surety bond.

Judge Faizan Gilani stated that he is releasing Fawad Chaudhry on bail under the condition that he will refrain from having such remarks in the future.

The former federal minister was arrested after an official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed an FIR against him at the Kohsar police station in Islamabad for allegedly “threatening” the members of the electoral body and their families.

A complaint alleges violations of the Pakistan Penal Code’s sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between groups), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statement conducing to public mischief), and 124-A (sedition).

It claimed that Fawad threatened the ECP and declared that “those who become part of the caretaker government [in Punjab] would be pursued till they are punished” at a speech delivered in front of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s home.