Rape, murder case: SC seeks prosecutor general reply on petition seeking bail cancellation

Father of murdered girl requests apex court to expedite trial


Our Correspondent July 14, 2017
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KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) issued on Thursday a notice to the provincial prosecutor-general on a petition against the bail of suspects nominated in the rape and murder of a minor girl.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Baqar, also directed the top provincial prosecutor to file a reply on the delays in completion of the trial.

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A six-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted and killed last year and her body was found in the underground water tank of a wedding hall in Orangi Town.

The girl's father, who is the petitioner, informed the apex court that all the accused, including the wedding hall's owner, Mehmood Alam, nominated in the rape and murder case had obtained bail from the Sindh High Court.

The petitioner told the judges that the delay in trial was benefiting the suspects who had brutally assaulted and murdered his minor daughter. He pleaded to the court to suspend the suspects' bail and order the police to arrest them. He also requested the apex court to direct the trial court concerned to expeditiously complete the trial and award punishment to the accused.

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After initial hearing, the SC bench issued notices to the Sindh prosecutor-general as well as the accused to appear in the court and submit their replies.

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