Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court may announce this week verdict on a petition challenging imposition of Rs 500 fine on PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s counsel by a district sessions court.

Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi had already reserved the judgment on the application. A district and sessions judge of Islamabad during the hearing of the Rs 20 billion defamation lawsuit had fined imposed on Babar Awan, Khan’s lawyer.

Earlier on September 04, the IHC bench had directed Advocate Babar Awan to submit his reply within one week on a civil miscellaneous application filed by the legal counsel of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Sheikh Ahsanuddin Advocate.

Advocate Babar Awan adopted before the court that every person has a right to engage a counsel of his own choice. Thus, he maintained that the imposition of Rs 500 fine was unjustified by the district sessions judge.

At the court of District Sessions Judge Islamabad, a defamation lawsuit of the former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry against Imran Khan is pending adjudication where Iftikhar Chaudhry has challenged Imran’s accusations of favouring the ruling PML-N in the 2013 elections.

Iftikhar Chaudhry had filed a Rs 20 billion defamation suit in the court of district sessions judge Islamabad. To defend this case Imran Khan engaged Baber Awan as counsel at which Iftikhar Chaudhry’s legal team comprising Sheikh Ahsanuddin and Taufiq Asif Advocates raised objections while saying that Baber Awan has personal grudge against the former CJP, so he cannot represent Khan in this case.

Then, the sessions court asked Baber Awan to submit reply over this objection. Despite repeated notices, Babar Awan did not submit reply and on May 31, district sessions judge imposed Rs 500 fine on Awan for defying court orders. Later Imran Khan filed a petition in the IHC challenging imposition of this fine on his counsel.