Court drops ATA sections in one case
LAHORE—An anti-terrorism court on Monday dropped Anti- Terrorism Act (ATA) sections in one case, registered in connection with the Kasur scandal.
The court also transferred the case to Kasur sessions court for further hearing. ATC-IV Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas passed these orders while allowing an application, filed by the accused Ramzan alias Janah, Haseem Amir, Faizan Majeed and Naseem Shahzad.
Earlier, the defence counsel, arguing before the court, submitted that Ganda Singh Wala police had registered the FIR No 252/15 against the accused under the ATA sections.
He contended that the offence did not fall under the ATA. He pleaded with the court to drop the ATA sections and transfer the case to an ordinary court for hearing.
However, the prosecution opposed the request and pleaded with the court to dismiss the application. The court, after hearing arguments, dropped the ATA sections and transferred the case hearing to the sessions court.
It is pertinent to mention here that the court had already dropped ATA sections in many cases, registered in connection with the scandal.
Ganda Singh Wala/Kasur police had registered a total of 31 cases in connection with the Kasur child abuse scandal against 20 accused.