Karachi: Arshad Pappu acquitted in kidnap, murder case
KARACHI: A sessions court acquitted on Wednesday Arshad Pappu in a kidnapping and murder case for want of evidence. It appears that this was the last case pending trial against Arshad, said to be the chief of one of the several criminal gangs operating in Lyari.
The accused along with his accomplices was charged with kidnapping and killing Faiz Mohammad alias Mama Fazua in January 2003 within the remit of the Chakiwara police station.
The accused, through his lawyer Javed Mir, moved an acquittal application under Section 265-K (power of court to acquit accused at any stage) of the criminal procedure code in court.
Judge Javed Ahmed Keerio, who was conducting the trial in the judicial complex inside the Karachi central prison, allowed the plea after hearing both sides.
The court ruled that the prosecution had failed to bring on record any solid evidence to connect the applicant with the alleged offence.
Earlier, in his arguments, the defence counsel contended that despite the passage of many years the prosecution was unable to produce any witness against the accused, adding that one of the co-accused had already been acquitted while the case of the applicant was also on the same footing and pleaded for acquittal.
However, the prosecutor argued against the plea and maintained that such applications should not be entertained in the absence of the accused.
A case (FIR 10/2003) was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint of the deceased’s son at the Chakiwara police station.
The court had granted bail to the accused in this case in May last year.
According to the defence counsel, his client was booked in around 60 cases at different police stations in Karachi, but he was never convicted and this was the last case in which he was exonerated.
Arshad Pappu had recently been released from a Balochistan prison by the jail authorities, he added.