Virat Kohli's Pakistani fan's bail plea verdict reserved
Kohli fan Daraz is facing up to 10 years imprisonment for hoisting the Indian tri-colour, at his house in Okara district.
New Delhi: Possibly the biggest Pakistani fan of Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, who was arrested for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home in Punjab province, might spend more time in police custody as a court reserved the verdict on his bail plea.
As per a report in PTI, judge Anique Anwar of district court in Okara reserved the decision after the counsel for Daraz completed his arguments on his bail petition.
A die-hard Kohi fan Daraz, who is a tailor by profession, is facing up to 10 years imprisonment for hoisting the Indian tri-colour, at his house in Okara district.
He was arrested on January 25 from his house as police registered an FIR under section 123-A of Pakistan Penal Code and 16 Maintenance of Public Order.
The section 123-A (acts of damaging the sovereignty of the country) carries maximum punishment of 10 years in jail or fine or both.
However, his counsel Aamir Bhatti told the court his client is innocent as he hoisted Indian flag at his house only to support his favourite cricketer who was playing against Australia at that time.
He said Daraz committed a mistake without knowing its implications.
"This is not a case in which someone hoisting the flag any country for its love. During Football World Cup matches people here used to hoist Brazil and Argentina flags and no body minds it because the gesture is seen in a sports perspective. This is a similar case," he argued.
(With Agency inputs)