An additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday once again sought para-wise comments from the joint investigation team by July 26 on a petition filed by the Minhajul Quran International Secretariat seeking the registration of a case against 19 people including the prime minister, chief minister, DIG Rana Abdul Jabbar and other politicians and police officers.
The previous hearing was adjourned to allow the district public prosecutor to go through a report submitted by the JIT. On Tuesday, the prosecutor said that he needed more time.
The court granted him additional time and also sought comments and a progress report from the JIT on Minhajul Quran’s petition.
At the last hearing, the JIT had submitted a report saying that Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers were not cooperating with the JIT nor recording their statements on the incident. A representative of the JIT said that it had recorded statements of hundreds of policemen including senior officers. He said that the investigation would be completed soon.
Gullu Butt bail plea
An anti-terrorism court refused to grant bail to Gullu Butt, who is accused of vandalising vehicles outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.
The counsel for prosecution said that there was a chance that Butt might try to flee the country if he was granted after-arrest bail.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.