SHC seeks replies in journalist’s plea
KARACHI:The Sindh High Court (SHC) sought on Thursday replies from the parties mentioned in an appeal filed by journalist Nasrullah Chaudhry, who has been convicted in a case pertaining to possession of prohibited literature.
A two-member bench was hearing the plea filed by Chaudhry, which maintains that the verdict which was given by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) violated the journalist’s fundamental rights.
According to Chaudhry’s lawyer, Muhammad Farooq, the journalist was kept in illegal custody by the counter-terrorism department (CTD) for three days before his arrest was declared in an “illegal and baseless case.” Farooq asserted that even the FIR registered against his client was illegal, adding that the statements given by witnesses were false, with journalists being coerced and threatened.
The lawyer added that Chaudhry’s illegal detention by the CTD had been disregarded by the ATC. Moreover, he maintained, the prosecution had failed to substantiate the case as no solid witnesses were presented to prove that the accused had been in possession of prohibited literature.
The court sought replies from the relevant parties and adjourned the case until January 14.