Rawalpindi - The customs, anti-smuggling and taxation court on Wednesday rejected bail plea of famous model, actress and singer Ayyan Ali in money smuggling case.
The counsels for the model, however, said that they would submit bail plea in Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench in the coming days. Earlier, the LHC Rawalpindi Bench had also rejected the bail petition of top model in money smuggling case.
Earlier, when the court started hearing the case, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, the counsel for Ayyan, argued that the duty of Airports Security Force (ASF) was not to frisk the passengers but to guard the airport and maintain law and order. He added that his client was unaware of the fact that carrying huge money during air travel was illegal. He said that his client was not smuggling the money.
Sardar Ishaq, another lawyer for Ayyan, told the court that his client was being kept in Adaila Jail with women involved in crimes of heinous nature and this would ruin Ayyan’s future. He said that customs officials have completed their investigation and submitted charge-sheet in the court, adding the investigators did not require the accused any more.
He while giving references of verdicts of the Supreme Court of Pakistan said that the apex court even granted bail to a woman who was involved in a murder case on the grounds that the accused was a female. Similarly, the courts also granted bails to two accused who were arrested smuggling US $800,000 and Rs 160 million at airport. He pleaded the court to award bail to Ayyan Ali in money smuggling case.
The prosecution, during its arguments, said that Pakistan Customs operated at airport with cooperation of other agencies including ASF and ANF. He said it is absolutely wrong that frisking passengers did not come in the domain of ASF. He said that Ayyan was caught red-handed at airport while smuggling $506,800 to Dubai via Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport. “Customs have all the evidences including air ticket and seat number against Ayyan,” he said. Therefore, the court should reject bail plea of the accused, he demanded.
After completion of arguments, the court reserved the verdict. Later, the court in its verdict rejected bail plea of Ayyan.
Talking to The Nation, Sardar Ishaq said that he would challenge the verdict of the court in the LHC. He said that the lower courts were under “unknown pressure” and that was why they were not setting Ayyan free.