Pakistan

Alleged rapist Mufti Aziz post-arrest bail plea rejected

An additional distrct and  sessions judge on Friday dismissed after arrest bail application of former Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) leader Mufti Azizur Rehman in a case of sexually abusing a student of his madressa.

Earlier a judicial magistrate on September 15 had dismissed the bail application of Muftii Aziz.

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 a 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. 

Accused counsel 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 contents of the FIR no time and date to make video of the alleged incident had been mentioned and even falsity of this video was proved in a forensic science agency report. Counsel said 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 offence 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 offence. 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 the bail.

After hearing both the counsel, the judge turned down the bail request.

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