Bail denied in Balochistan minister’s murder case
Karachi: One of the suspected killers of a Balochistan minister was denied bail on Monday. The additional district and sessions judge, East, made the decision after hearing charges against Taj Mohammad, who has been charged with the murder of Balochistan’s excise and taxation minister, Rustam Khan Jamali.
People charged with murder cannot be granted bail, the order said. However if the defence can prove that the prosecution does not have a case for murder, the court can set a bond amount. The prosecution said that defence failed to prove that.
The accused was denied bail on Monday as he was charge-sheeted in the murder case. Now an amended charge sheet will be submitted after the arrest of the fifth accused last month.
The judge, Hafiza Usman, directed the investigation officer to submit an amended charge sheet in one week’s time. The Balochistan minister was gunned down in August 2010 when his car was intercepted in Block-16 of Gulistan-i-Jauher by four to five gunmen, who sprayed it with bullets.
The accused declared proclaimed offenders are Kamran Latifullah and Abdul Hafeez. The key suspect, Hayat Shah, was arrested from Abbottabad where he was under treatment at the Ayub Medical Complex after receiving a gunshot wound during a quarrel with his group members.
During investigations, Hayat Shah confessed that he killed the minister with the help of his four accomplices, Habibullah, Mohammad Taj, Kamran, Latifullah and Abdul Hafeez Mohammad Taj, who are currently in jail. He was arrested from II Chundrigar Road, Karachi. He hails from Kohat and was the driver of the vehicle used by the killers in the murder.
The police are said to have managed to trap Taj when he returned to the city. He had left for his hometown soon after the incident. According to the prosecution, the accused were involved in several car-lifting cases.