Cipher case: Imran Khan Punished under the Official Secrets Act 1923.
Special Official Secret Act Court Punished PTI founder Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor in cipher case.
Convicted Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood under the Official Secrets Act of 1923.
Authorities charged the founder of PTI under Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, and also applied Section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code in the Cypher case.
Section 5 of the Secrets Act 1923 deals with falsely passing on sensitive information. Section 9 of the Secrets Act 1923 deals with attempting or encouraging the commission of an offence.
Additionally Section 5 applies if someone is in possession of a sensitive document, password or blueprint and misuses it.
Section 5 also applies to non-compliance with legal requirements regarding retention of sensitive documents.
Under section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code, the role of the co-accused will also be the same as that of the main accused.
Under Secrecy Act 1923 Section 5 Sub-section 3A, the death penalty can also be imposed.
While under the Secrets Act 1923 Section 5 Sub-section 3A the maximum punishment is 14 years imprisonment.