Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s intra-court appeal against jail trial in the cipher case got rejected by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday.

A two-member IHC bench heard the case.

PTI chief’s counsel Salman Akram Raja contended before the bench that the federal government did not have the authority to issue a notification for holding Khan’s trial in prison.
Raja told the court that the federal government has no power to issue a notification for conducting Imran Khan’s trial in jail.

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The lawyer further stated before the court that issuing a notification is the responsibility of Islamabad commissioner, adding that a single bench of IHC had decided in favour of the federal government that it could appoint a judge of its choice.

“They are judicial officers. The federal government does not have any authority to ‘pick and choose’ [judges],” he added.