Thursday, March 30, 2023

Mohsin Baig case: IHC issues notice of contempt to FIA director

Following petitions requesting the discharge of cases against journalists Mohsin Baig, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued a contempt of court notice to Babar Bakht, Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cybercrime Wing, for his failure to appear in court.

Baig’s wife was represented in court by Sardar Lateef Khosa, and the state was represented by Advocate General Niazullah Niazi.

At one point during the hearing, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah stated that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had abused its authority.

“Why shouldn’t we file a contempt of court case against the FIA?” asked the chief justice (CJ) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Does it appear to them that they are above the law?”

When Justice Minallah inquired as to why only Mohsin Baig was arrested, he was told that there were four people in the program. Is it possible that the suspect has published the footage himself? the court inquired.

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According to him, the court ordered the FIA director to read the words of Mohsin Baig, who was killed in the attack. What exactly is it about his comments that are defamatory? The FIA director was summoned by the court.

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Babar Bakht claimed that the reference of Reham Khan’s book was defamatory  In response, Justice Minallah inquired as to what exactly is defamatory in Reham Khan’s book.

The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court expressed resentment over the FIA by remarking that the law is being disrespected. PECA is a project being worked on by the government rather than helping the people.

Later, the court issued a contempt of court notice to Babar Bakht, Director of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cybercrime Wing, and called AGP for assistance in the case’s next hearing on Thursday.

The Federal Investigation Agency’s cybercrime wing conducted a search on Mohsin Jamil Baig’s apartment in Islamabad on Wednesday and apprehended him after he allegedly fired at and roughed up members of the raiding party.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had opened an investigation into Baig at the demand of Communications Minister Murad Saeed. Baig made disrespectful remarks about Murad Saeed’s receiving the Prime Minister Khan’s top performance award during an appearance on a private television channel.

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