ATC declares anchor Shanzay proclaimed offender
Anti-terrorism court (ATC) Tuesday, resuming the hearing of a case pertaining to defamatory remarks against the Chief Justice of Pakistan by the former PPP Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, declared the female anchor Shanzay Rehman a proclaimed offender and ordered the prosecution for presenting her challan in the next hearing.
The court had already rejected the post arrest bail plea filed over health grounds by the counsel of Abidi in multiple contempt of court and cyber crime cases. The ATC-II judge Shahrukh Arjumand heard the case. It is worth mentioning that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had booked Abidi under the Pakistan Penal Code and Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016.
According to the FIR registered against the former Senator, Abidi with criminal intent had used sarcastic, derogatory and defamatory language against the Chief Justice of Pakistan and was prima facie guilty of offences punishable under sections 10(a), 11 and 20 of Peca, read with sections 109 and 509 of the PPC.
Abidi is also facing other FIRs registered at the secretariat police station under PPC’s Sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34, along with the ATA for using threatening language and levelling allegations against government institutions and individuals holding the highest constitutional posts.