Taxi driver murder case: SHC dismisses application of ranger


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday dismissed the application of Rangers personnel seeking transfer of his trial for murder of taxi driver from an anti-terrorism court to a regular court.

Lance Naik, Ghulam Rasool, who had been behind the bars for allegedly killing a taxi driver Murid Abbas in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on July 16, 2013, had approached the court, challenging a verdict of the ATC that dismissed his plea for transfer of murder case to ordinary court.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who headed a division bench, dismissed the application when counsel for the applicant did not press it.

On January 14 last year, an anti-terrorism court had dismissed his plea for transfer of the case. Subsequently, the applicant filed criminal revision application in SHC, submitting that it was an accidental and unintentional murder.

Shaukat Hayat, counsel for the applicant said the police had also stated in the charge-sheet that applicant tried to stop the taxi driver by opening fire at the tyre of his vehicle. He said the investigation officers after inspecting the place of the incident, examining the evidence and recording the statements of witnesses said it was an accidental murder. Therefore, he said ATC erred in dismissing his applicant’s plea as case did not fall within ambit of terrorism.

During hearing on Monday, Shaukat told the judges that since he had filed an application in ATC, pleading it to review its judgment regarding transfer of the murder case, the present application had become infructuous. He told the judges he did not press the application.

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