ATC rejects Faisal Raza Abidi’s plea for bail

Adiala Jail hospital is well-equipped to treat the former senator



The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday rejected the bail plea filed by the counsel of former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi after he was arrested in multiple cases of contempt of court and cybercrime.

The application for bail had been filed on the grounds of poor health but, after examining the medical reports and recommendations from the Adiala Jail administration, the ATC rejected the plea.

Prior to the rejection, Abidi’s counsel has informed the court that his client was suffering from medical diseases that needed to be treated at a hospital. According to the administration report, however, the Jail’s hospital is well-equipped to treat Abidi.

Abidi was booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) 2016, as he had reportedly used derogatory and defamatory language against the Chief Justice of Pakistan with criminal intent. As a result, the former senator was found guilty of offences punishable under sections 10(a), 11 and 20 of the Peca, read with sections 109 and 509 of the PPC.

Abidi is also facing charges registered at the secretariat police station due to a complaint lodged by Supreme Court Public Relations Officer Shahid Kamboyo for allegedly using threatening language and levelling accusations at government institutions.

The next hearing for the case will be held on November 20. APP.