Lahore: Factory collapse accused bailed
LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Arshad Ali on Monday granted bails to Zaheer Iqbal, chief executive, and Zafar Iqbal, director of Orient Lab, accused of showing criminal negligence in building collapse which claimed 26 lives. The court granted bail to the accused on submission of surety bonds of Rs. 200000 each. The petitioners, in their post–arrest bails, contended before the court that they were innocent and were falsely involved in the case, so that they could be blackmailed and harassed on the behest of the police.
The counsel of the accused argued that section 302 of PPC did not fall in this case as the factory collapsed accidentally. The victim’s counsel argued that owners of the Orient Labs were well aware about the dilapidated factory. However, the court granted bail to the accused after hearing arguments of both sides.
As per FIR got registered by Muhammad Ashraf Sindhu, Inspector in Sabzazar Police, against Zaheer Iqbal, Zafar Iqbal and Zubair Iqbal under sections 302,324,290,291,427 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code, he (inspector) along with other police officials, while performing his patrol duty, received emergency call through 15 that the Orient Lab Factory, in which various medicines were prepared, a blast had taken place.