Karachi: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) acquitted an accused, Mohammad Ashraf, in extortion case due to lack of evidence against him.
ATC judge pronounced the verdict after recording the evidences, statements of witnesses and hearing arguments from both sides. Mohammad Ashraf was not found guilty of demanding extortion of Rs 15,000 from a complainant in the case, Saleem. Witness in the case, Imtiaz turned hostile before the ATC judge, therefore, the court acquitted accused.
According to prosecution, there was a charge against Mohammad Ashraf that he demanded extortion of Rs 15,000 from complainant in the case, Saleem. And after bargaining he was agree on the amount of 6,000. The police arrested him red handed when he reached to collect extortion money.
The case FIR 176/2014 was registered at Mochko police station under Sections 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act 1997.