Mohsin Baig case, IHC has issued a contempt notice to the FIA

Mohsin Baig case, IHC has issued a contempt notice to the FIA

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued a contempt notice to the director operations of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing for “exceeding authority” during a search on journalist Mohsin Baig’s apartment in Islamabad last week and has ordered him to respond.

While hearing a plea filed by Baig’s wife seeking the quashing of the first information report against her husband, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the notice.

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Baig had accused the prime minister of “favouritism” for awarding Saeed, with whom he had “a strong acquaintance.”

Baig has been linked to two separate cases, one with the FIA and the other with the Margalla Police Department.

Saeed’s complaint about “character assassination” on NewsOne chat programme G for Gharida, in which Baig was a participant, prompted the first case to be filed at the FIA’s cyber crime reporting centre in Lahore.

FIA Director Cyber Crime Wing Babar Bakht Qureshi was summoned by the court today during the hearing, and he appeared before the court.

Justice Minallah interrogated the FIA director, reminding him that the court had instructed the agency not to make any arrests. “You will be prosecuted by this court. The top judge of the IHC commented, “Your mission is to safeguard people, not to restore the reputation of an exceptional person.”

Following the court’s instructions, the FIA director examined the contents of the FIR. Qureshi was asked by Justice Minallah if the complainant had posted a recording of the TV show on his own.

The court inquired if the FIA was above the law, to which the Cyber Crime Wing director said, “The FIA reserves the right to act against anyone within the law.”

The FIA stormed Baig’s home in Islamabad on February 16 and detained him after he reportedly fired at and roughed up raiding team members. The operation was carried out after Communications Minister Murad Saeed filed a complaint alleging that Baig had “tainted” his reputation during a TV broadcast.