IHC Demands Response From A Judge who dismissed bail plea of an accused charged with ‘chewing gum’
Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Adnan refused to grant him bail because of his ‘non-submissive’ behavior on 31st January 2020.
On Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) demanded a response from a judge after he dismissed the bail plea of an accused, who was charged with chewing gum inside the courtroom.
The defendant, Yasir Arafat was seeking bail before arrest under section 498 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Adnan refused to grant him bail because of his ‘non-submissive’ behavior on 31st January 2020.
According to the court order, Mr. Arafat did not appear before the court when he was called. He came at the second call with his lawyer Sardar Adnan Khan.
In the order, the judge noted that Mr. Arafat was chewing gum. When he was asked for the reason, he was unable to give a satisfactory answer.
“The conduct of applicant seems to be non-submissive which is the mandatory requirement for [seeking] the extraordinary concession of bail before arrest”, Judge Adnan observed.
He ruled: “Hence, the instant application under section 498 of CrPC is dismissed.”
Media sources revealed that in response to the explanation sought, Judge Adnan submitted a report to the registrar’s office. The judge justified his decision of dismissal of bail plea saying that it was necessary for such petitioners to show respect to the court.
A senior official of the session court said that a petitioner is required to follow the court’s decorum when called by the judge. In this case, the judge noticed the petitioner’s ‘indifferent’ behavior and dismissed his bail plea.
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