US blogger Cynthia Ritchie has approached the Sessions Court against former Interior Minister Rehman Malik after the Islamabad High Court rejected her plea.
Cynthia Ritchie, through her lawyer Imran Feroze Malik, filed a petition against the PPP leader.
She said that Rehman Malik threatened her, the police station is not registering a case despite the request.
In the petition, she appealed to the court to order registration of a case against Rehman Malik.
In her petition, the American blogger alleged that she was being harassed by Rehman Malik, Yousuf Raza Gilani and the entire People’s Party.
Therefore, Additional Sessions Judge Javed Iqbal Supra issued notice to the police on the request of Cynthia Ritchie and sought reply by June 27.
It may be recalled that Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Jahangir Awan had directed the FIA to register a case against Cynthia Ritchie on a petition filed by PPP leader Raja Shakeel Abbasi.
However, Cynthia Ritchie had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking a stay on proceedings against her, which was rejected by the court yesterday.
Cynthia Richie rape allegations
It may be recalled that Cynthia Ritchie had claimed in a live video released on her Facebook page she was raped by former Home Minister Rehman Malik in 2011. She said, “It is true, I will say again that the then Home Minister Rehman Malik raped me.”
She had also accused former Waqf Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of physical harassment and said that Yousuf Raza Gilani was in the Presidency at the time.
She further added that she had received numerous threats to kill and rape her, adding that there was evidence to support what she was saying.
Rehman Malik, Yousuf Raza Gilani, his son and Makhdoom Shahabuddin, on the other hand, vehemently denied the allegations.
Later, PPP leader and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced that he would file a defamation suit against American-born Pakistani blogger Cynthia Richie in Pakistan and the United States, saying that Cynthia had tarnished my reputation by making baseless allegations.
Senator Rehman Malik’s lawyers had sent a notice of Rs 500 million to Cynthia Richie through TCS for the allegations.
Cynthia Richie tweets controversy
It should be noted that blogger Cynthia Ritchie had tweeted about former Prime Minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on which PPP leaders had sharply criticized her.
Waqas Abbasi had lodged a complaint against her while PPP district president Raja Shakeel Abbasi had approached the FIA for registration of the case.
The petition said that Cynthia allegedly tried to defame PPP chairperson and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on social media.
However, the FIA objected to the filing of an FIR in the case, claiming that the petitioner has no right to be a complainant while interfering in the matter under the provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PICA) 2016.
The act further states that in such a case, an affected person or his / her guardian in case of juvenile delinquency may apply to the FIA for removal, deletion or withholding of such information.
The FIA said that reading the law reveals that only the real victim or his guardians can file a complaint.
Therefore, Shakeel Abbasi had filed a petition in the District and Sessions Judge’s Court on the non-registration of the case by the FIA, on which notice was also issued to the FIA.
After which Raja Shakeel Abbasi had filed a petition before Additional District and Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani under Section 22A of the Criminal Procedure Code in which a lawsuit was filed against her.
Therefore, on June 15, Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Jahangir Awan directed the FIA to register a case against Cynthia Richie on a petition filed by PPP leader Raja Shakeel Abbasi.
The blogger had approached the Islamabad High Court seeking a stay on the proceedings against her, but the court rejected her application.