Lahore: Schoolteacher torture case: ATC restrained from giving verdict
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday further restrained the anti–terrorism court (ATC) from announcing decision on the trial of former lawmaker from the Pakistan People’s Party, Mian Aslam Madhyana, over torturing an elderly schoolteacher and fracturing both his legs. The bench, consisting of Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan and Justice Abdul Sami Khan, on Thursday extended the stay until May 3, as the complainant teacher’s counsel sought time to present some documents.
The counsel for Madhyana, Azam Nazir Tarar, had already completed his preliminary arguments. He submitted that the allegations levelled against Madhyana had been proved false, as a medical board had given the opinion that the injuries to the teacher were not caused by a firearm. He said the board held that the wounds were caused by blunt weapons.
He submitted that the complainant got injured in a fight, adding that even the witnesses had testified that the petitioner was not present at the scene.
He submitted that the fight did not disturb the routine life of the people, as the locals intervened and calmed down both the parties. He pleaded that in such a happening, the case could not be lodged under sections of the Anti–Terrorism Act.
The counsel said that the petitioner was being tried under the anti–terrorism law, and as such the ATC had no authority to try the petitioner.
He requested the bench to issue directions to the ATC not to try the petitioner under terrorism charges.
He also requested it to stay the proceedings of the trial court until the final decision of the petition. The police had arrested Aslam Madhyana from Johar Town. Earlier, the former MPA’s interim bail was cancelled by the LHC. Complainant schoolteacher Nafees Ahmad in the FIR alleged that Madhyana and his men attacked him after he objected to the former lawmaker’s criminal acts.
The Supreme Court had also taken suo motu notice of the incident and sought a report from all four provincial chief secretaries about steps taken to protect the lives and dignity of civil servants.