Islamabad court dismisses ECP's request for an early hearing in the Toshakhana case
On April 29, the judge will continue hearings for further sessions.
Early hearing, according to Khan’s attorneys, is a “waste of resources.”
ECP argues for the filed plea in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.
ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court on Tuesday denied the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) demand for an expedited hearing in the Toshakhana case, providing respite for PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced that the hearing in this matter, which was originally scheduled for March 30, will now take place on April 29 after hearing arguments from both parties.
Khan is accused of engaging in corrupt behaviour in connection with the state gift depository, an accusation he vigorously contests.
Khan was prohibited from holding public office in October of last year after the ECP found him guilty of selling gifts from foreign dignitaries and leaders of state illegally.
Due to the PTI chief’s persistent absence after being served with an indictment summons in the case, the trial court issued an arrest warrant for him in March.
A few days later, the trial court, acting on PTI’s demand that Khan get protection since his life was in danger, revoked the order of detention. The hearing had been postponed to March 30, and Khan was instructed to make sure he was present.