A judicial magistrate on Wednesday turned down the request of the post-arrest bail petition of former Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) leader Mufti Azizur Rehman who is the perpetrator of a case of sexually abusing a student of his madressa. The alleged rapist was widely condmened by all walks of life.
Accused counsel Safdar Shaheen Pirzada submitted that the allegations against the applicants were not only bogus but enormous. He alleged that the complainant was hand in glove with the opponents of the applicant and a false case was lodged to defame him.
He pleaded that according to the contents of the FIR no time and date to make a video of the alleged incident had been mentioned and even falsity of this video was proved in a forensic science agency report.
Counsel pointed out that the forensic of the mobile phone and the USB furnished by the complainant found that the video was created on June 19, 2021, at 6:05 pm which time was after the registration of the case. He submitted that the alleged offense had not been established in any of the medical reports of the complainant.
He also submitted that the applicant was 67-year-old whereas the complainant was a 26-year-old young man and it was not possible to make the complainant a victim of the alleged offense. Counsel concluded that the police had completed its investigation and there was no need to keep the applicant behind the bars and deserved to be released on bail.
A state prosecutor while opposing this application said that indiscriminate evidence had been collected against the petitioner and his release on bail could hamper the trial proceedings. He asserted that the applicant could abscond if granted bail.
After hearing both the counsel, the magistrate rejected the bail application.
Earlier, the North Cantonment police had registered a case on charges of sexual assault and criminal intimidation against Mufti Rehman on the complaint of Sabir Shah, the student of Jamia Manzoorul Islam, Cantonment. The complainant had shared a video clip of the sexual assault as proof some days ago with police and the administration of the seminary.
The cleric went into hiding after the registration of the case as police arrested him from Mianwali.