Baldia factory fire: SHC grants bail to all accused

Factory owners Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila will have to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million.

Web Desk February 11, 2013
File photo of factory owners Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila speaking to the media. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: All accused in the Baldia factory fire case, including the factory owners, were awarded bail by the Sindh High Court on Monday, reported Express News.

Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai of SHC ordered the release of all the accused who were earlier arrested in the case. Factory owners Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila will have to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million, while the other accused will submit bonds worth Rs200,000.

The Bhaila brothers own Ali Enterprises, the garment factory in Karachi that caught fire on September 11 last year and resulted in the deaths of over 250 workers.

The police arrested Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila after a sessions court rejected their pre-arrest bail applications on October 6, 2012. Their ailing father, Abdul Aziz Bhaila, was granted bail due to old age. The case was registered under sections related to murder against the factory owners, its general manager, security guards and some government officials over negligence.

Last month, the prime minister faced a lot of criticism after he ordered murder charges against the owners to be dropped.

Tired of waiting for the remains of their loved ones to be identified, families of the Baldia fire victims had also agreed to the government’s proposal to hold a mass burial for charred corpses that are lying at Edhi morgue.


Ibrahim | 8 years ago | Reply @B They ran away for few days and disappeared until they got bail in Larkana, who helped them in larkana please connect the dots. And after bail end up in Islamabad. Welcome to Pakistan with money and connections everything is possible
NAR | 8 years ago | Reply


Please give me ONE logical reason as to why the owners would burn their own factory and murder 250+ employees along with that?

The owners didn't run away and have spent enough time in jail for a crime they didn't commit. If you talk about negligence, then the inspection authorities and the officers that granted the factory an NOC should be charged for murder, manslaughter and negligence. The owners have clearly been framed in this case. They should have been granted bail a long time ago.

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