Lahore: Death sentence commuted in murder case
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court has commuted the death sentence of an accused to life imprisonment and set aside the conviction of another in a murder case. The bench comprising Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry passed this order on appeals of Muhammad Yousaf and Muhammad Ramazan. According to an FIR registered on the complaint of Muhammad Suleman on March 7, 2002 with the Bhakkar police, Yousaf, Allah Ditta and Ramazan clubbed his brother Ramazan to death.
Bhakkar additional district and sessions judge on March 27, 2003, awarded death sentence to Yousaf and directed him to pay Rs 100,000 compensation to the legal heirs of the deceased. In addition, Ramazan was awarded life imprisonment and Rs 50,000 compensation while Allah Ditta was acquitted.
After hearing the arguments at length, the bench mentioned in its order that in appellant Ramazan’s case it was worth noting that in the post–mortem examination the injury ascribed to the appellant was not found on the deceased.
Another accused Allah Ditta was also acquitted by the trial court on the same set of evidence on which Ramazan was convicted, it added. If Allah Ditta with similar role as Ramazan is acquitted, there was no convincing reason as to why Ramazan should not be acquitted too. However, giving the benefit of doubt to Ramazan, the bench set aside his sentence and acquitted him. In the case of Yousaf, the bench observed that only a single blow was inflicted by him to the deceased without planning.
It further observed that it could be inferred that he did not have the intention to kill him.
The bench held that it was of the opinion that in furtherance of safe administration of justice it would be appropriate and just to reduce the sentence of Yousaf.