Imran seeks deferral of contempt case

PTI chief Imran Khan’s lawyer submitted an application to the Supreme Court on Saturday to defer a hearing in a contempt case filed against the former prime minister for allegedly flouting a May 25 court order that defined the limits for his party’s ‘Azadi March’ at the time.

The deferral was sought on the grounds of Imran’s hospitalisation after he was wounded in Thursday’s gun attack in Wazirabad and would not be able to submit a reply sought by the court in the previous hearing. The Interior Ministry had approached the SC for contempt of court charges against Imran on October 13.

The plea stated the that court had designated the area for the protest in view of the assurances on behalf of the party’s top leadership and their counsel that their rally would not cause any inconvenience or blockage of the Srinagar Highway or trouble the public and that the rally would be conducted in a peaceful and lawful manner. However, Imran and his supporters made their way towards D-Chowk in alleged contravention of court orders, the plea alleged.

At the last hearing, the SC had given Imran a chance to explain the alleged flouting of the court order and sought a detailed reply from him by November 5.

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