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ATC grants bail to Faisal Raza Abidi in contempt case

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court here on Tuesday granted bail to former Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in a contempt of court case.

ATC Judge Kausar Abbas approved bail for Abidi until Oct 11 against a surety bond of Rs 100, 000.

A day earlier, the former senator, who faces contempt charges for using defamatory language against Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, obtained one-day protective bail from the Islamabad High Court.

The high court ordered him to appear before the relevant trial court in Islamabad.

On Sep 21, the capital police had registered a case against Faisal Raza Abidi for using derogatory and defamatory language against the chief justice.

The case was registered at the Secretariat police station under PPC’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34 read with the ATA 1997 on a complaint lodged by Supreme Court Public Relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kambyo.

According to the FIR, in a video, which vent viral on social media, the accused used highly abusive, contemptuous, and threatening language against state institutions.

The former senator has been accused of leveling accusations against individuals holding the highest constitutional posts.

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