Public criticism does not affect judge’s independence in any way: IHC

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued a written bail order against the accused of making an anti-judicial speech.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued an 8-page written judgment that said, Masood-ur-Rehman Abbasi, should be released on bail of Rs.5,000/-. Not a single judge is immune from criticism; public criticism does not in any way affect a judge’s independence.

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Criticism that is not thought-provoking, harsh, and includes indecent language should be avoided. Masood-ur-Rehman Abbasi was arrested by the FIA ​​in June after registering a criminal case. According to reports, a case was registered against citizen Muhammad Sohail under the provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and PICA Act.

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The written decision further stated that the case against the petitioner was registered after the footage of the recorded speech went viral. The petitioner had criticized the judiciary and used offensive language.

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The FIA ​​deputy director and the investigating officer could not satisfy the court on the plaintiff’s claim. There is no denying that the FIA ​​may be influenced by statements against a judicial officer. The courts are obliged to conduct a fair trial of a person who is accused of a crime against a judicial officer.

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