ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court’s (SC) Registrar Office declined to hear a case on Monday challenging the former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s ‘political victimisation’ and violation of his ‘right to fair trial’ over rejected pre-arrest bail petitions.
Imran filed a constitutional appeal with the Supreme Court seeking remedy in situations where his pre-arrest bail petitions were denied on technical grounds.
The appeal cited Article 184(3) of the Pakistani Constitution, requesting that the petitioner’s fundamental rights be protected and that the trial court’s dismissals of pre-arrest bail applications be reversed.
It also asked the court to prevent the arrest of the PTI chief in cases “where his pre-arrest bail applications were dismissed without due consideration of case merits, thereby ensuring his rightful access to a fair trial,” according to a notice issued by the SC registrar office.
The petition was returned as ‘not entertainable’ by the registrar office of the Supreme Court.
The registrar office noted in its written notice that the aforementioned petition “has not pointed out what questions of public importance in the instant case are involved with reference to enforcement of any of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under the Constitution, so as to directly invoke Supreme Court jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.”
On August 5, 2023, Imran was arrested for the second time in three months after a district and sessions court sentenced him to three years in jail in the gifts repositary case.
The party has appealed the trial court’s decision to the Islamabad High Court.
Due to his conviction in the Toshakhana case, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) banned the PTI president for five years and withdrew his status as a returning candidate from NA-45 Kurram shortly after the judgement.
Since his ouster from power in April 2022 via a vote of no-confidence, over 150 lawsuits have been brought against the PTI head.