Lahore: Ex-MPA arrested in torture case
LAHORE: Police arrested a former MPA Aslam Madhana from the Johar Town area on Tuesday. Earlier, the MPA’s bail was cancelled by the Lahore High Court in connection with a school teacher’s torture case. The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of former MPA from the Pakistan People’s Party, Aslam Madhana, an accused of torturing an elderly schoolteacher and fracturing his both legs.
The investigation officer (IO) appeared before the court and submitted that according to the investigation, the accused was directly involved in the incident as he was present on the occasion.
Punjab Prosecutor General Sadaqat Ali Khan, supporting the investigation officer, said the accused had deprived the schoolteacher of both legs. He said the accused was a criminal according to his previous conduct as more than 25 FIRs of murder, theft, and fight were registered against him.
The counsel for the accused argued that his client had nothing to do with the incident as he was not present at the place of incident when it occurred. He said that at the behest of the Punjab government, an attempt was being tried to ruin his political career, adding that Madhana was being politically victimised.
However, after hearing the arguments, the bench, headed by Justice Najamul Hasan, rejected the ex–MPA’s bail and ordered police to arrest him. As the accused was not present in the court room, he could not be arrested on the occasion.
Schoolteacher Nafees Ahmad, who was under treatment, was also brought to the court on a stretcher. After rejection of the bail, Nafees Ahmad, talking to the media, said that he had not have any hope to get justice but Tuesday’s hearing revived the hope in him. If the high-ups would keep backing the thieves, how would the common people get justice, he asked.
According to the FIR, the accused, with his stooges, attacked the schoolteacher after he raised an objection against his criminal acts. The Supreme Court has also taken suo motu notice of the incident and has sought a report from all four provincial chief secretaries about steps taken to protect the lives and dignity of civil servants. The reports were sought on or before March 28.