PTI leader Ali Zaidi sent into a three-day physical police remand
Zaidi was arrested on Saturday on charges of fraud and issuing threats in a case registered against him at the Ibrahim Hyderi Police Station
PTI leader Ali Zaidi has been sent into a three-day physical police remand on Monday.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh president Ali Zaidi was arrested on Saturday on charges of fraud and issuing threats in a case registered against him at the Ibrahim Hyderi Police Station in the metropolis by a citizen named Fazal Elahi.
Ali Zaidi was presented before a judicial magistrate in Malir District on Monday.
The court rejected the PTI leader’s plea seeking to discharge from the case and approved his three-day physical remand in a case filed against him for “fraud and issuing threats”.
Ali Zaidi’s lawyer maintained before the court that it was not a criminal offence.
He added that “It falls under the jurisdiction of a civil court instead of a criminal court.”
“The FIR doesn’t state anything about how the transaction was made until now. Neither, the complainant had attached a bank cheque or anything else as the evidence of any exchange, with the complaint,” the lawyer said.
Ali Zaidi’s lawyer objected to the delay in filing the complaint since the matter pertains to 2013 and asked if the police had the authority to register a case in such a matter.
“The complainant Fazal Ilahi gave such a big amount but there is no witness for that. Ali Zaidi should be discharged under Section 63 of CrPC,” the lawyer requested.
Zaidi claimed before the court that the police had not presented him within 24 hours as he had been arrested on Saturday but the police claimed they had arrested him after midnight.
PTI leader maintained that he had never met the man who had lodged the case against him.
“I don’t have that much money, check my record with FBR,” he said, claiming that he was not in the country on the day the incident happened according to the case details.
At this point, Zaidi’s passport was submitted to the court.
While giving arguments, the petitioner’s lawyer maintained that Zaidi used to work in the real estate business.
“They are diverting the case towards a case of political victimisation,” Zaidi’s lawyer argued, calling for an investigation into “financial murders”.