A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday granted bail to nine accused involved in Joseph Colony incident wherein at least 160 houses, 18 shops and two small churches were burnt by protesters following an alleged blasphemy event.

The bails have been granted to Imanul Allah Khan, Farhah Khan, Laal Khan, Sarfraz Khan, Anwar, Qasim, Sudheer Khan, Imran Butt and Muhammad Imran.

Police had arrested at least 83 accused persons so far.

Earlier advancing the arguments on the bail applications, Advocate Aftab Bajwa said the Lahore police had falsely implicated the poor citizens of the area in the cases. He produced before the court some snaps captured by Christian community protesting against non-arrest of PML-N former MNA Malik Riaz, MPA Asad Ashraf and few other leaders namely Ghazali Butt and Saleem Mughal who had led the mob allegedly.

Advocate Bajwa further said police had no direct evidences against these nine accused while no weapon had been recovered from them.

He said the members of Joint Investigation Team of police and other detectives had received bribe worth hundred of rupees for implicating the innocent people into the case, and then for their clearance from it.

He said police had not arrested the real culprits and saved them.

He informed the bench at least 30 accused had already been released by the trail court on the grounds of no evidences.

The counsel requested the bench to accept the bail applications of the accused persons and ordered their release.