ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the bail plea of Moazzam Ali in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq.

Farooq, a founding member of MQM, was killed in a knife attack in Edgware, northwest London, in September 2010.

A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, upheld the verdict of Islamabad High Court and said evidence had established Moazzam’s contacts with the main accused.

As Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mehmood informed the court that the challan had been submitted in the trial court, Justice Khosa said it was inappropriate to intervene in the case at this stage.

The deputy attorney general said Moazzam’s link with the accused had been established and that they remained in contact with each other before and after Dr Imran Farooq’s murder.

Mansoor Afridi, appearing on behalf of Moazzam, argued that the case against his client was registered after five years and three months of Imran Farooq’s murder. He said if Moazzam had facilitated accused Shameen and Mohsin Ali in getting admission in a London university, he himself had helped lots of students in securing admissions there. The counsel asserted his client was not involved in Imran’s murder.

Justice Khosa questioned why Moazzam wanted Imran Farooq to be killed. He also questioned how it could be proven that Moazzam was equally involved in the murder. The judge said sought any direct evidence against the accused.

The DAG stated main accused Mohsin Ali used to call Moazzam from London. He said Moazzam, an active worker of MQM, had also helped the accused in opening bank accounts.

Afridi had moved the bail application on behalf of Moazzam after an anti-terrorism court dismissed his plea. Afridi said the interim charge sheet submitted before the ATC did not constitute any offence against his client.

He said the FIA had cited 11 witnesses in the report and none of them had anything to disclose relating to the charges of conspiracy or abetment against Moazzam.