Karachi: Guljee murder case: accused provided lawyer by state
KARACHI: Akram Ali, the main accused in the triple murder case of renowned artist Guljee, and his wife and maid, has been provided a lawyer by the State. The case has been adjourned till September 13. Ali filed a petition for a lawyer in the court of District and Sessions Judge Arjun Lal Talreja. The petition was accepted.
Renowned artist Mohammed Ismail Guljee and his wife Zareen Guljee and maid Asiya were found dead in their Clifton residence on December 19, 2007. Information regarding the triple murder was given to the police by couple’s only son, Amin Guljee, who lives in an adjoining portion of the house.
Guljee’s body was found in the living room; that of his wife was found in the kitchen, while their servant’s body was found in a small room adjacent to the kitchen.
The accused, Akram Ali (Guljee’s driver) and his associate Anwar were arrested on February 16 by the Anti–Violent Crime Unit (AVCU) in a hotel near the cantonment railway station. The AVCU also recovered looted cash, precious paintings and a briefcase belonging to the late Guljee from their possession.
The police had registered an FIR (No. 490/07) at the Boat Basin police station.
Wani case hearing adjourned till 25th: The District and Sessions Judge Central has adjourned the case pertaining to Wani of two underage girls till August 25 because both of them were recovered by the local police but could not appear in court due to the distance.
On July 22, the judge disposed of an application for the recovery of 11-year-old Zainab and eight-year-old Sara, filed by the girls’ mother. The court also directed the home department, through the SHO, to constitute a police team and dispatch it to Mansehra to recover the detained girls. The judge asked the DPO Mansehra to cooperate and coordinate with the police team. The court further directed the police to recover the detained girls and arrest the kidnappers, and to submit a report in the court within 10 days.
The court’s order could, however, not be implemented because the SHO reportedly misinterpreted it.
The applicant, Yasmeen, had stated that her daughters were kidnapped by their uncle, Shah Tareen, following a jirga decision. Tareen married a woman identified as Jannat against her parents’ will in their native town in district Mansehra. To settle the dispute between the two families, a jirga asked Tareen to hand over his nieces as compensation to the aggrieved party.
Subsequently, he allegedly kidnapped the two girls and handed them over to a jirga member, Sanober, in Karachi. The police had arrested Tareen and Sanober, but could not recover the detained girls. They told the court that they did not kidnap the girls and they were in their native town.
On Monday, the district and sessions judge central directed the police high–ups and the home department to ensure the recovery of the two girls and submit a report by August 11.
Meanwhile, the SHO of the Gulberg police station submitted a report in the court stating that the orders regarding the girls’ recovery had been conveyed to the police high-ups and the home department. He stated that a five-member police team had been constituted. The team would leave for Mansehra in a couple of days, he added.
Earlier, Judge Soofia Latif had summoned the SHO for failing to act on the court orders about the girls’ recovery and directed him to implement these orders and submit a report on August 4.