In-laws granted bail in alleged burning case -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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In-laws granted bail in alleged burning case

KARACHI: The High Court of Sindh (SHC), on Friday granted bail to two brothers, accused of murdering their sister-in-law by burning her alive. Mohammad Jameel and Mohammad Gulfam were arrested by Garden police for murdering their sister-in-law Ruby, setting her on fire on May 17, 2006. According to the prosecution, Ruby’s spouse Saeed, brother-in-laws Jameel, Gulfam along with sister in-law-Zarina sprinkled kerosene oil on her after quarrel and set her on fire. Arguing on bail, Applicants Counsel Aamir Mansoob Qureshi contended his clients are no more required for investigation and interrogation as the matter has been challaned and on account of two conflicting statements recorded at the time of death, there are serious ambiguities in the prosecution case and applicants are entitled for bail. State’s counsel Agha Zafar opposed the grant of bail to application on ground that the first statement of the deceased was procured by wrongful inducement and threatening her regarding the future of her children.

It was contended that the first statement of the deceased was obtained under duress and not by free will. The SHC’s single bench comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, after hearing the arguments of the case observed that record of the case reflects that the incident is un-witnessed and FIR is the result of the second statement allegedly made by the deceased in presence of her mother after about four hours of the incident wherein the deceased, as per prosecution, implicated the present accused. ìConsequently, such statements at this stage, cannot be discarded altogether and due to these two conflicting statements, the further enquiry in need in the case, entitling the applicants to the concession of bail,î the court order stated. The court ordered to release the applicants on bail on furnishing surety in sum of Rs 3,00,000 each making it clear that observation made are tentative in nature and would not affect the trial of applicants on merit.

Source: The News

Date:1/13/2007