A lawyer allegedly beat up a court staffer on Friday. He also accused the latter of threatening him.
A staff member in Civil Judge Muhammad Aslam’s court told The Express Tribune that Advocate Irshad Ahmed Baig had come to the courtroom around noon and asked the judge if he could talk to Muhammad Zafar (the reader) for a few minutes. They both went out and the lawyer beat up the reader. Baig then allegedly took Zafar to Aiwan-i-Adl and handed him over to Assistant Sub-Inspector Ali Ijaz, telling him to register an FIR against Zafar for threatening him.
However, at Zafar’s request the ASI took him back to the courtroom, said the court staffer.
The judge, he says, directed the ASI not to take Zafar to the police station. In the meantime, Advocate Irshad also reached the court and hurled abuse at the judge for intervening in the matter.
Advocate Baig told The Tribune that Zafar had been threatening him with ‘dire consequences’ if he (Baig) did not withdraw a dacoity case against some of Zafar’s relatives.
He, however, denied that he had beaten up Zafar or had abused the judge.
The matter was resolved a few hours later by the Lahore Bar Association (LBA). According to an LBA member, Zafar told the Bar executive that he had “requested” Baig to withdraw the case but had never threatened him. Zafar also apologised for any misunderstanding.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2012.