Lahore - An LHC division bench on Tuesday granted bail to Shahid Aziz alias Gullu Butt, an accused of smashing vehicles and cars parked outside Minhajul Quran during clash between police and workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

The court also directed Gullu Butt to deposit surety bond of Rs2,00,000. As the proceedings commenced, the petitioner’s counsel argued that his client was innocent and had no such bad intention but police took him in their custody and registered FIR against him under anti-terrorism sections.

He said that the vehicles, he was accused smashing them of, did not belong to workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek or Minhajul Quran institution. He contended that Gullu had also not any criminal record in the past, while the offense allegedly committed by the suspect was bailable and the police with mala fide intention put provisions of anti terrorism law in the FIR registered against him.

During the course of hearing, a police officer told the bench that the owners of the cars and vehicles smashed did not attend the case investigation. The petitioner counsel, however, requested the court to grant bail to his client. The bench accepted his plea and granted him bail.

Gullu Butt was caught red-handed by cameramen of news channels while smashing vehicles parked outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat.

AGP appointment stayed

Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday suspended appointment of Accountant General Punjab Javed Jehangir and allowed Imran Iqbal to continue functioning as AGP.

The judge passed this order on a petition filed by Imran Iqbal submitting that the auditor general transferred him and appointed Javed Jehangir as AGP, despite the fact that the auditor general had no power to appoint AGP. He pointed out that only Controller General Accounts possessed the power to appoint AGP.

After hearing the arguments, the court suspended appointment of Javed Jehnagir and adjourned the hearing till first week of September.