KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued a notice to prosecutor general Sindh, asking him to file reply on an application of District and Sessions Judge seeking post-arrest bail in a murder of Aqib Shahani, son of his fellow judge.
Aqib Shahani, son of District and Sessions Judge, Jacobabad, Khalid Hussain Shahani, was gunned down on Thandi Sarak in Hyderabad on Feb 19. Following the incident, an FIR (12/2014) was lodged on complaint of victim’s cousin against unknown culprits with GOR police station Hyderabad.
The victim’s family had alleged that Aqib was killed at the behest of Sikandar Ali Lashari, District and Sessions Judge Tharparkar at Mithi, because he was in love with Sikandar’s daughter but the judge was allegedly opposed to their marriage. Later, the judge was arrested by Hyderabad police on March 24.
Lashari approached the high court through his counsel filing an application for post-arrest bail in murder case. He submitted that he was a respectable citizen and has served as judge almost entire of his professional life. Neither his name was mentioned in the FIR not any iota of evidence was available against him to corroborate allegations of his involvement in commission of crime, he said, adding that he was implicated in murder case at the behest of DIG Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi and SSP Hyderabad Pir Farid Jan Sarhani.
Applicant said that police concocted murder case against him which was based on personal enmity. He said that DIG Hyderabad was relative of the complainant party, who was taking revenge at their behest.
He said that prosecution has failed to make out case against him and established totally false and fabricated evidence. Hence, he requested the court to release him on bail.
After initial hearing, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, who headed a division of SHC, issued notice to prosecutor general Sindh to file comments by July 11.
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