A plea was filed on behalf of former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi in the Supreme Court on Tuesday urging for an early hearing of his bail petition.
Elahi’s wife, Kaisara Elahi, filed the petition in the apex court which urged the court to declare his arrest illegal. The petition further stated that freedom of movement is a fundamental constitutional right and prayed the court to hear the bail petition at the earliest.
MPO order withdrawn
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Islamabad informed the high court that the detention order issued for the PTI president under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance has been withdrawn.
During the hearing today, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard Elahi’s petition against his detention under MPO. The hearing had DC Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon in attendance.
The court had summoned Elahi and the DC for today, however, the PTI president was a no show as he is imprisoned in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail.
The DC informed the court that the detention order under MPO has been withdrawn, following which the IHC disposed of the former Punjab CM’s petition. The court also ordered the DC to inform about the current FIR under which Elahi has been detained.
Last week, Elahi’s wife filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) against the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision to dispose of a plea seeking the release of her husband following his rearrest.
In her petition, she made the caretaker Punjab government, Punjab interior secretary and the provincial inspector general of police respondents.
Elahi’s wife prayed to the apex court to annul the LHC’s Sept 6 decision. The LHC had disposed of a plea seeking its order for the production and release of the PTI president after terming it infructuous.
She also pleaded the top court to release her husband, saying that the LHC did not examine the facts related to his arrest.
The plea also sought the SC’s restraining orders against his possible rearrest in any undisclosed case registered against him.
She stated that her husband was 77 years old and had fought for the betterment of the country throughout his life.
The petition stated that the Anti-Corruption Department had registered a case under the charge of receiving bribe in a road project.
“The Additional Anti-Corruption Department DG raided our house. The behaviour of the police was as if they were conducting an operation against terrorists in the Kacha tribal area of Rahim Yar Khan.”