National Assembly Member Sheikh Rohale Asghar has requested the court to exempt him from appearing in person before the court to stand trial in a hit-and-run case registered against him.
The Kohsar police had booked Asghar for allegedly killing Raz Muhammad, a security guard of a private firm, while he was walking on a footpath in Blue Area.
Shaheen Bibi, the victim’s wife, maintained in the FIR that her husband was walking on a footpath when he was hit by a car GAA-124. She said that the car was being driven by the MNA, who she said, was apparently drunk at the time. She said the victim was the sole bread-earner of the family.
On Saturday, the court was due to indict the MNA but both the parties sought time to reach an out-of-court settlement. Asghar told the court that his driver, Zulfiqar Bhatti, was driving the car and that he was not even in the car.
Asghar also submitted an application seeking exemption from court appearance in person. Judicial Magistrate Humayun Dilawar admitted the application and sought the complainant’s reply at the next hearing on September 10.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2016.