Lahore: Suspected thief granted bail
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday, while granting bail to a robbery accused, Jaffar Hussain, held that confession in police custody had no significance. “A person cannot be sent behind the bars until and unless his guilt is proved in a court of law,” the LHC held. The Township police registered a case against Jaffar Hussain on May 12, 2007, accusing him and his accomplices of snatching Rs 60,000 and a mobile phone from a shop.
The accused took the plea that the first information report (FIR) had been launched a day after the incident and even his name was not mentioned in the FIR. He said that he was involved in the case during investigation process. He also said that all of his co-accused had already been granted bail.
The district prosecutor general opposed the bail, saying the petitioner had committed a heinous crime and was also involved in 16 such cases. He said the robbed money was recovered from him.
The court held, “No accused can be called a history-sheeter until and unless his guilt is proved and he is convicted in that particular offence. Merely pendency of criminal cases in the court does not entitle him to be called a history-sheeter or a record holder.”