Lahore: Ex-SHO, six cops bailed in lynching case
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday suspended three years sentence each awarded to a former SHO and six other police officials by a Gujranwala anti-terrorism court in the lynching case of two brothers in Sialkot and released them on bail.
The court also asked them to furnish surety bonds to the tune of Rs200,000 each to secure their release. The ATC had awarded three-year sentence to seven petitioner police officials and District Police officer Waqar Chohan on September 20, 2011 on charges of committing criminal negligence in lynching of two brothers, Mughees and Muneeb. All the convicts had challenged the trial court verdict in the LHC through appeals.
On the other hand, complainant, the father of the deceased, and the Prosecution Department have also filed appeals for enhancement of the conviction of the police officials and for conviction of the acquitted accused.
The petitioners, including SHO RanaIlyas, ASI Muhammad Waris and constables Muhammad Akram, Mubarik Ali, Tariq Khan, Naseer Bhatti and Bashir Ahmed in their applications submitted that in the light of the Supreme Court’s decision, a convict granted less than five years punishment could be released on bail after suspension of his sentence. Their counsel argued that they were not present on the place of occurrence and the complainant had implicated them in the case with malafide intention.
RanaIlyas had filed a separate petition while the remaining seven convict had filed one combined petition. In the petitions, they submitted that their co-accused, former DPO Waqar Chohan, was already released on bail after suspension of his conviction.