Tenancy Act case: IHC acquits ex-Nawaz aide Irfan Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday acquitted Irfan Siddiqui, a close aide to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a case pertaining to the violation of tenancy law.

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Justice Aamer Farooq issued the ruling after reviewing a written order from Assistant Commissioner (AC) Shalimar on November 20. The AC’s order was submitted in court by the police today.

In the order, the AC had cleared Irfan and had said that perusal of the documents submitted by the police revealed that the house belonged to his son Imran Khawar Siddiqui. The order further said that the lease agreement was between Imran and his tenant Jawed Iqbal.

“Both these facts suggest that Mr Irfanul Haq Siddiqui had no onus to disclose the name of the tenant to the officer incharge [of the] police station,” the AC’s written order said.

“It would be a futile exercise to proceed further,” it said.

In July, Irfan was arrested by the Islamabad police during a raid on his residence for not informing the police who he was allegedly renting out his house to, a requirement under the tenancy law. He was presented before a magistrate who sent him to Adiala jail on a 14-day judicial remand on a request from the police. The same magistrate granted him bail the next day.

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