Imran files pre-arrest bail plea in prohibited funding case



ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Monday filed a pre-arrest bail application in the prohibited funding case.

In the petition, the former premier, “aggrieved with his malicious implication” in the case, stated that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) should be prevented from arresting him.

The PTI chairman is also due to appear before the special judge today.

It is pertinent to note that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had approved Imran’s protective bail till October 18 (tomorrow).

According to the high court’s orders, the PTI chairman was granted bail for a surety bond of Rs5,000 and the IHC had also barred the investigation agency from arresting Imran.

The case

The FIA had booked PTI leaders including party chairman Imran Khan, the party’s financial team and a manager of a private bank in the prohibited funding case.

The case was lodged by FIA Commercial Banking Circle Islamabad.

Read: PTI approaches IHC against ECP’s prohibited funding case verdict

According to a first information report (FIR), the former ruling party leaders have violated the Foreign Exchange Act and they were declared as the beneficiaries of suspicious bank accounts.

The FIA claimed that Abraaj Group also transferred $2.1 million to the bank accounts of the PTI.

The FIA kicked off its probe against the PTI in August this year after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had declared in its verdict that the party had indeed received illegal funding.

The case had been filed by PTI’s founding but disgruntled member Akbar S Babar and had been pending since November 14, 2014.

The written order of the ECP stated that the political party had received illegal funds from foreign countries including the US, UAE, UK and Australia.



Originally published at tribune.com.pk

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