Three cops jailed for contempt of court -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Three cops jailed for contempt of court

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Saturday convicted three policemen and four others on the charges of contempt of court for misbehaving with a bailiff who had been assigne to recover a girl. Justice Hasnaat Ahmad Khan awarded 15-day imprisonment to sub-inspector Mumtaz Ahmad of Sadr Gujrat with a fine of Rs 1,000, while constables Shakoor and Afzal Ahmad were awarded sentences till the rising of the court.

The court also awarded two-month imprisonment to Muhammad Akram, uncle of the girl, with a fine of Rs 4,000, while grandfather Maskin Ali, his other sons, Ansar Mehmood and Shabbir Hussain, were awarded 15-day imprisonment each, who
had misbehaved with the bailiff. The convicts were taken into custody by police officials and sent to the Gujrat jail.

Earlier, the contemnors filed an unconditional apology, submitting that they had already been in police custody for the last five days. However, the court observed that they had been awarded minimum sentences. “The court has the jurisdiction to award sentences under contempt charges despite the registration of a case,” the court observed.
The court issued the order on the petition of Amjad Hussain seeking recovery of his daughter Tauseeba, 13, from the custody of her grandfather and uncles.

Source: The News

Date:1/7/2007