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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses fresh charges against him

YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz was taken into custody at the Allama Iqbal International Airport late on Tuesday night

Anchorperson Imran Riaz was released on Friday after the court dismissed fresh charges against him.

The anchorperson turned YouTuber was presented before Judicial Magistrate Hafiz Kashif while Advocates Mian Ali Ashfaq and Rana Maroof appeared as his counsels.

The prosecution sought Riaz’s physical remand of 10 days “on the ground that remaining accused persons are to be arrested” based on the anchorperson pointing them out.

After hearing arguments from both sides and perusing the case record, the judicial magistrate discharged Riaz from the case.

In the written order, the judge noted that there was “nothing on the record to suggest that the accused was driving a vehicle at the time of alleged occurrence”.

It observed that no statement of any of the eyewitnesses was recorded either.

“No evidence is available on the record to suggest that the accused Imran Riaz Khan used any assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duties,” the judge said, noting that the record was also silent about how the anchor had obstructed a public servant’s duties.

Observing that the evidence against Riaz was “deficient”, the judge ordered his release if he was not wanted in any other case.

Subsequently, Imran Riaz Khan was released by the Sarwar Road police.

YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz was taken into custody at the Allama Iqbal International Airport late on Tuesday night in a case of monetary fraud.

His Lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed his release in a post on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

In Wednesday’s hearing, the police had sought his seven-day physical remand before the Model Town Court judicial magistrate.

 

 

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