Khuarianwala police on Saturday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Member Punjab Assembly (MPA) Rana Shoaib Idrees’s case file had disappeared from police records.
Officials said that the resulting delay would provide the MPA with time to secure pre-arrest bail. A case has been registered against Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Umar Daraz, the custodian of the file, and Head Constable Ansar Mehmood. The men have been taken into custody.
The file contained information regarding an altercation which took place between a police team and Idrees a few weeks ago. The MPA had been accused of resisting a police team that had come to raid his dera to apprehend several proclaimed offenders. Idrees had also been accused of torturing members of the police team. A case had been registered against the lawmaker but a challan had not been presented before a court to enable prosecution.
A case had also been registered against the MPA on the charges of ransacking Khuarianwala police station, torturing Sub-Inspector Riyasat Ali, slashing the uniforms of two policemen, creating a law and order situation and taking the law into their own hands and enabling three people to escape from custody. Police had managed to apprehend the absconding men and a case was registered against them. The lawmaker had gone underground after police had registered a case against him. Police had raided his residence among other places but Idrees continued to evade arrest. He had then secured protective bail from the Lahore High Court till August 11.
Idrees had argued before the court that Faisalabad police had been victimising him. He said that he could not secure protective bail from the Faisalabad Sessions Court for this reason. Idrees also alleged that the CCTV footage that had been presented as evidence against him was one year old. Officials alleged that he had been pressuring his colleagues to influence Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to intervene on his behalf to put an end to what he had alleged was victimisation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.