Toshakhana case: Imran Arrested After Sessions Court Sentences Him To Three Years In Prison

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested on Saturday after a district and sessions court found him guilty in the Toshakhana case, sentencing him to three years in prison.

The PTI’s Punjab Chapter confirmed the arrest and informed us that Imran is being transferred to Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Earlier, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Humayun Dilawar had ruled that charges against Imran in the case were proven. The judge mentioned that the former PM had purposely submitted fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan and was found guilty of corrupt practices.

During the hearing, neither Imran nor his lawyers were present.

The court also charged a fine of Rs 100,000 to the PTI chief. Furthermore, the judge dismissed Imran’s appeal against the maintainability of the case.

Additionally, the judge directed that a copy of the order be sent to the Islamabad police chief for execution.

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Following the court’s directives, a heavy contingent of Lahore police reached Zaman Park to arrest the PTI chairman.

Subsequently, the court issued a written order, stating that Imran had provided an “incorrect declaration” in the Form-B submitted to the ECP for the year 2020-2021.

The order mentioned that the former PM had misled authorities by providing false and inaccurate information about gifts obtained from Toshakhana.

The recent development comes as Pakistan prepares for elections in the coming months, with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif likely to dissolve the assemblies on August 9.

PTI moves Supreme Court

Moreover, on Friday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) set aside the session court’s verdict, which declared the Toshakhana reference against Imran maintainable for criminal proceedings. The court rejected Imran’s appeal to transfer the case to another court.

In response to the ruling, PTI announced that it has appealed to the Supreme Court over the district court’s judgment.

The party rejected the court’s decision, expressing concerns about its impact on the justice system. Legal experts say that a conviction in the case could jeopardize Imran’s chances of participating in national elections.

Background

In October of the previous year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified Imran from his parliamentary membership for filing “false” and “incorrect declarations” in his statement of assets and liabilities for the year 2020-21.

The Toshakhana, established in 1974, is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division, responsible for storing precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other governments, states, and foreign dignitaries.

Lawmakers from the ruling coalition filed a reference against Imran last year, alleging that he had not disclosed details of the gifts he retained from the Toshakhana and the proceeds from their reported sales.

In May of this year, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar indicted Imran in the case and rejected his petition challenging the maintainability of the reference.

Imran then moved the IHC, which sent the case back to the trial court for re-examination.

Following the IHC ruling, Imran approached the Supreme Court, urging the apex court to set aside the high court’s directive.

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