Ex-judge, wife get bail in tor­ture case

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is­lam­abad — The Is­lam­abad High Court (IHC) on Tues­day granted bail to a for­mer ad­di­tional district and ses­sions judge and his wife against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each hours af­ter sen­tenc­ing them to one year im­pris­on­ment in the Tayyaba child maid tor­ture case, say me­dia re­ports.

Ear­lier, the court im­posed a Rs50,000 fine on Raja Khur­ram Ali Khan and wife Ma­heen Za­far. They were ar­rested from the court­room af­ter the ver­dict was de­liv­ered, the Ex­press Tri­bune and Geo News TV re­ported.

The judg­ment ob­served that the ev­i­dence ten­dered by both the par­ties showed that the ac­cused “ne­glected and/ or will­fully harmed and aban­doned” Tayyaba which “re­sulted in harm to her or had the po­ten­tial of caus­ing harm hence have com­mit­ted the of­fence as charged and the pros­e­cu­tion has proved the same be­yond shadow of doubt.” It stated that Khan and Ma­heen were jointly re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter the vic­tim. “The ver­sion of the ac­cused that the me­dia hype was cre­ated about the in­ci­dent and hence the FIR, is in­con­se­quen­tial are heard as the me­dia hype has no bear­ing on the facts lead­ing to the com­mis­sion of the of­fence.”

Af­ter the ver­dict, the de­fence coun­sel sub­mit­ted a bail plea. Ac­cept­ing the re­quest, the court fixed a hear­ing of the plea at 1pm on Tues­day. In its re­quest, the de­fence has shown in­tent to chal­lenge the ver­dict in the Supreme Court. “It is our fun­da­men­tal right to file an ap­peal,” the plea read. The IHC had re­served judge­ment on March 28

Khan and his wife were charged with as­sault­ing, con­fin­ing, ill-treat­ing, ne­glect­ing, aban­don­ing, harm­ing and in­jur­ing the mi­nor house­maid. They have been ac­cused of keep­ing the girl in wrong­ful con­fine­ment, burn­ing her hand, beat­ing her with a la­dle, de­tain­ing her in a store­room and threat­en­ing her with even worse.

AP file

The wife of the judge is es­corted from the Supreme Court by her brother in Is­lam­abad. —

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