A district and sessions judge, Sikandar Ali Lashari, was formally indicted in the murder case of a young man by the anti-terrorism court in Hyderabad on Friday.
Lashari has been implicated for planning the murder of 20-year-old Aqib Shahani with whom his daughter was allegedly involved in a love affair. Shahani was shot dead on February 20, 2014. The police said the judge planned the attack while Ghulam Abbas Siyal killed the boy.
In court, the public prosecutor read out the charges to Lashari, who was posted as district and session judge Tharparkar at the time, but the accused denied all the charges. He has been booked under sections 302, 6/7 Anti Terrorism Act and for possessing an illegal weapon of a prohibited bore. The trial in the ATC has been slated for February 6. Lashari was arrested on March 4, 2014, immediately after the Sindh High Court allowed the police to take his physical custody and suspended him from the post.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2016.
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