Court denies bail to woman in rape video case

Judge calls suspect threat to society

​ Our Correspondents August 28, 2019

RAWALPINDI/ ISLAMABAD: A cybercrime court rejected bail plea of female suspect in a rape video case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Ashfaq Ahmed Rana hearing the case ruled that the suspect was a threat to the society and the community and therefore the bail application was rejected.

Judge Rana noted that the suspect Kiran Jehangir would trick women and girls and bring them to her husband, Qasim Jehangir, who used to rape them while she filmed the crime for blackmailing the victims.

No society could permit such wicked practice, the judge said and ordered inclusion of criminal sections in the case.

The defendant’s counsel rejected all allegations and declared the case a fabricated story.

The plaintiff’s counsel, Yasir Chaudhry Advocate said that it was an evil crime and awarding bail to the suspect would encourage such malpractices in the society. He added that case would be transferred from Punjab police to cyber-crime police station of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) where investigation would be done all over again. He pleaded the court to dismiss plea application.

The other suspect, Kiran’s husband Qasim, is also imprisoned in Adyala jail.

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Suspect acquitted

Additional District and Sessions Judge Irfan Ahmed Sheikh acquitted a suspect in a fake drug possession case.

Malik Amir Saleem Advocate told the court that his client, Adnan Hafeez, had dispute over financial matters with some people in Rawat. He added that one day police called Adnan to police station and registered a fake case of 1.4kg drugs possession. He asserted that the witnesses also declared the case as fake.

The court ordered acquittal of Adnan after completion of arguments.

Separately an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) recorded the statement of an accused Mohsin Naqvi under section 342 CrPC against the questionnaire provided to accused about the allegations leveled against him in a case pertaining to murder of Moulana Azam Tariq.

The hearing was resumed in the court of ATC-II judge Shahrukh Arjumand whereas the defense counsel submitted the statement of accused before the court.

The defence counsel will provide evidences in the next date. The ATC judge expressed anger over the absence of complainant Alam Tariq who was summoned for the day but was not present in the court.

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ASWJ leader Maulana Azam Tariq was gunned down by assailants in 2003 in the limits of Golra police station. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sought more time from an anti terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Tuesday for submission of more evidences in a case pertaining to murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq, who was murdered in London in 2010.

The hearing was resumed by the ATC-II judge Shahrukh Arjumand where prosecution urged for more time for production of evidences before the court and disclosed that the decision was pending by the IHC in the matter.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a stay order had stopped the ATC from further proceedings into the Imran Farooq murder case till the decision.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2019.

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