The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday has rejected Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s plea to dismiss the contempt of court case registered against him over ridiculing Chief Justice of Pakistan and anti judiciary remarks in media.
While hearing the plea, Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani remarked that the judiciary and chief justice were being openly threatened. "The attitude of threatening the judiciary is wrong," he observed.
When asked whether his client was guilty of contempt, Abidi's lawyer denied the charge. "My client only used harsh words, he did not commit contempt of court," the lawyer said.
Abidi was arrested by the secretariat police on Wednesday after he appeared before the Supreme Court's two-judge bench for a contempt case against him.
However, following his appearance when Abidi left the Supreme Court and was crossing Constitution Avenue to return to his residence, he was arrested by secretariat police.
Police sources said another case was registered on Tuesday night against Abidi which includes charges of defamation. He has been arrested in the case registered by ASI Shaukat Abbasi, sources added.
Earlier on September 21, a case was registered against the former senator for using inappropriate words for the chief justice of Pakistan. The complaint was registered by the apex court's Public Relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kamboyo in the Secretariat Police Station under Pakistan Penal Code's sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34 along with Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).