Pakistan

ATC dismissed post-arrest bail of lawyer who ransacked LHC building

An anti-terrorism court on Thursday dismissed post-arrest bail application of a lawyer Majid Jahangir who on October 6, ransacked the copy branch of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Applicant counsel said that the incident was a result of a prolonged mental agony faced by the hands of the copy branch staff. He said the conduct of the branch’s staff provoked the lawyer to take that extreme step.

He said that the applicant deserve a concession of bail.

Opposing this bail application, a state prosecutor submitted that the incident brought a bad name to the justice system of the country. He said the lawyer did not deserve the concession of bail.

After hearing the arguments, the application was dismissed.

Majid Jahangir entered the copy branch with a big iron club and started smashing glass off the counters. He threatened the staff members by shouting, ‘Do not interfere in it as it’s a matter of lawyers.’

A video of the incident widely circulated on social media shows that Majid Jahangir warned everyone including a policeman present on the scene to stay away and not become a party in what he was doing. After smashing all the counters of glass and leaving the branch.

Later LHC security personnel arrested him and handed over to the police.

Old Anarkali police had registered the FIR of the incident under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 440 (mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt), 506B (criminal intimidation) of Pakistan Penal Code. The police also added section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 in the case.

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