Escape from police custody case: MNA, others granted bail
RAWALPINDI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday granted post arrest bail to PML-N legislator Anjum Aqeel Khan and 30 others on Rs100,000 surety bonds each in a case of escaping from policy custody last month.
ATC–I Judge Malik Mohammad Akram Awan ordered release of the MNA and other accused if other cases were not pending against them. However, the parliamentarian was not released as he is also facing two more cases of land fraud, including Rs6 billion scam in the National Police Foundation housing society.
Arrested on July 15 in the land fraud case, he escaped from custody outside the Shalimar police station with the help of supporters. He was arrested next day, though the MNA claimed he had surrendered.
The court extended the pre arrest bails of Naeem Azam Khan, who is brother of the MNA, Malik Mohammad Ashraf, Arshad Khan and Zaheer Abbas in the same case.
The judge expressed displeasure over the performance of Islamabad police for not submitting the challan. The investigating officer told the court that the police would submit complete challan soon. Upon this, the judge ordered police to submit the challan by August 17 and extended judicial remanded of the accused.
After this, the defense counsel submitted the bail application of MNA and others. Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the defense counsel, said the MNA did not flee but some people forcibly took him away from the custody of police. He said police have failed to prove that Anjum Aqeel fled from their custody. He said the FIR maintained that the supporters of the MNA fired in the air, injured policemen, put him in a car and escaped. But the counsel said nobody fired in the air and no policeman was injured, adding that three persons had already been discharged in the case.
On July 21, the court discharged the case against Shahid Khan, Mian Maqbool and Mohammad Azam due to lack of evidence. After the completion of defense counsel’s arguments, Judge Awan accepting bail pleas of Anjum Aqeel Khan and 30 others ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs100,000 each.
After court proceedings, the MNA was taken to Islamabad for attending the National Assembly session. In a brief chat with reporters, the parliamentarian said he was being targeted by some elements to damage the popularity of PML-N.