Lahore: Remand of blind man cancelled in robbery case
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday cancelled physical remand of a blind man granted by a magisterial court in a robbery case after declaring it illegal. The court also confirmed the interim bail earlier granted to the accused, subject to furnishing of a surety bond of Rs 20,000. Justice Ali Baqar Najfi issued the order on a habeas corpus petition filed by Nazir Ahmad for the recovery of his relative Hafiz Muhammad Naeem. The court criticised police and observed that the case had exposed flaws in the system, which were hurdles to the way of fair investigation.
As proceedings started, judicial magistrate Mehr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Sial appeared before the court and submitted that before granting remand, he had a fair look at the accused. Since the accused could see, therefore, the remand was granted, he added. However, the court observed that remand orders were illegal as the accused was blind by birth.
The court cancelled the remand orders and confirmed ad-interim bail earlier granted to accused Hafiz Muhammad Naeem. The court also ordered to forward a copy of the order to the DIG (Investigation) for Information, besides disposing of the matter. Earlier, the court summoned the judicial magistrate after it noticed that the accused was a blind but remanded in a dacoity case.