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Response Sought From Judge Who Rejected Bail Application Of Accused For ‘Chewing Gum’

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought explanation from a judge who rejected a bail application because the accused was chewing gum inside the courtroom.

According to Dawn newspaper, the accused, Yasir Arafat, had filed plea for a bail before arrest under section 498 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Adnan did not grant him bail citing his ‘non submissive’ behaviour on Jan 31.

The court order stated that the applicant did not appear before the court when his case was called and came at the second call with his lawyer Sardar Adnan Khan. The judge further said in the order that Arafat was chewing gum and “when asked for the reason he could not give a satisfactory reply”.

Judge Adnan observed: “The conduct of applicant seems to be non-submissive which is the mandatory requirement for [seeking] the extraordinary concession of bail before arrest.”

He ruled that instant application under section 498 of CrPC is dismissed.

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