Peshawar: Court suspends conviction of minor in drug pushing case
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has suspended conviction of a teenaged student in a case of drug pushing and ordered to set him free on bail. A two-member bench comprising Justice Miftauddin Khan and Justice Shahjehan Akhundzada observed here the other day that keeping in view the age of the petitioner, Shahbaz Khan, he was entitled to be extended the concession of bail. The petitioner is a seventh grade student at a school in Peshawar and was arrested when he was travelling in a pick-up truck along with an adult accused, Shah Alam, in the jurisdiction of Parang police station on Dec 10, 2011.
The police claimed they had recovered 28kg of heroin concealed in the spare wheel of the vehicle. Both of them were convicted by a court in Charsadda on Nov 21 and were sentenced to life imprisonment with fine of Rs100,000 each.
The petitioner’s counsel Noor Alam Khan contended that before his conviction the boy was earlier granted bail by the high court on January 5, 2012, and he had never misused the concession of bail and had regularly appeared before the trial court.
He contended that under the Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2010, the petitioner fell in the definition of “child in need of protection” as he was below 14 at the time of occurrence and he could not be kept behind the bars.