DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A judicial magistrate on Tuesday handed over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Revenue Minister Ali Ameen Khan Gandapur to police on a one-day physical remand.
The minister of PTI-led provincial government was produced handcuffed today in a local court where he denied charges. However, the judge handed him to police on physical remand.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader is facing three charges, including snatching ballot boxes from the polling staff in Himad area and threatening them and police deployed there.
Strict security measures were in place inside and outside the court where a large number of PTI supporters were gathered. As the court gave Gandapur to police remand, he came out with raising victory fingers alongwith his supporters.
Gandapur surrendered himself to the Saddar Police Station on Monday night after high drama and intervention of the central PTI leadership.
Earlier, following the registration of case against him, Ali Ameen had claimed he had not broken any law. He said he went to a polling station after learning about rigging in the counting of votes after the polling time ended.
“At the polling station, I saw our man’s rival candidates rig electoral process, I took away ballot boxes to check rigging,” he said.
An FIR was registered against him alleging that Gandapur snatched away ballot boxes from election staff at a polling station in DI Khan, and that he threatened police officers.
The FIR registered at Saddar police station booked Gandapur, his brother Umar and their security guards under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including assault on a public servant in order to debar him from duties.